Coon Rapids Police Community Watch Team

Summer Crime Prevention Tips

  •  In warm weather months, personal property thefts tend to increase. Most of us tend to leave items outside such as unattended bikes, sport equipment or other items. Always keep watch of your items or keep them inside. 
  • Always lock your door when you leave, even if it's just for a few minutes. 
  • During summer weather, more people open up their windows to let in the fresh air (especially after the  cold winter of 2019!) Always remember to close and lock your windows  when you go to bed, or leave your home. Pro-tip: many smartphones have a feature where you can ask it to remind you when you leave your home. This reminder message can serve as your "cue" to make sure you've closed and locked all doors and windows.
  • Always roll up the windows of your vehicle, take any valuables out, and lock your doors every time. 
  • Lock your bicycle with a U-Bolt style lock. Cable locks can be easily removed! 
  • Call us if you see suspicious behavior- remember, there is no such thing as a suspicious person, only a person exhibiting suspicious behavior. You know what is typical for your neighborhood!
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When it comes to severe weather, a Watch means all the ingredients necessary for a weather event to happen are available, and you should keep an eye out. A Warning means that a weather event is here or near, and you should take shelter now! Keep this in mind as you enjoy the summer season and allow yourself enough time to seek shelter in the event of a weather emergency.

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Kids & Hot Cars

In 2018, 52 children died in hot cars around the country. It was the deadliest year on record in the past 20 years. Since 1998, almost 800 children in the US have died from vehicular heatstroke, 24% occurred in employer parking lots while the parent or caregiver was at work.
You might be asking yourself, "How does this happen?" 
Even on mild or cloudy days, temperatures inside vehicles can reach life-threatening levels. Leaving windows slightly open doesn't help. Children should never be left unattended or be able to get inside a vehicle.

Three primary circumstances resulting in deaths of children in hot cars are:

  • A caregiver forgetting a child in a vehicle
  • The child gaining access to the vehicle
  • Someone knowingly leaving a child in the vehicle

The National Safety Council advises parents and caregivers to stick to a routine and avoid distractions to reduce the risk of forgetting a child. Place a purse, briefcase or even a shoe in the back seat to force you to take one last look before walking away. Keep car doors locked so children cannot gain access, and teach them that cars are not play areas. There is no safe time to leave a child in a vehicle, even if you are just running a quick errand. If you think it's a solution to leave the vehicle running with the A/C on, think again - vehicles can be quickly stolen with your child in it. We encourage bystanders to call 911 if they see children unattended locked in vehicles. You might be saving a life. 

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Pop-Up Popsicle Events - with a Cop!

Cool down and chat with one of our officers! Throughout the summer we will be showing up at parks around the city to give away freeze pops to kids! Want to know where we will be? Follow us on social media to know when we might stop at a park near you! 

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Squad Car Storytime Returns!

We will be back at the Crooked Lake Library for Squad Car Storytime this summer. Bring your kids on Saturday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m. or Thursday, July 11 at 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. to hear a police/safety related story, and then get a chance to check out a police car. Geared toward children ages 2-5. Siblings welcome. No pre-registration is required. 

Speed Trailer Requests

We have a new online speed trailer request form!

The Radar Speed Monitoring Trailer may be deployed in known high traffic and high speed areas and neighborhood roads. The trailer will display the vehicle's speed to the driver as well as record the date and time, location, direction of travel, and speed of vehicles passing by the unit. The information recorded will assist our department with traffic counts and provide information as to when it is the best time to deploy an officer to monitor speeding vehicles, or if there is a speed issue in your neighborhood. The trailer DOES NOT record the vehicle's registration number or driver's information.

Due to the long winter that extended into spring, we are working through our list and your request will be placed in order of submission date and is always subject to weather conditions. If you have a concern about speeding in your neighborhood, request the speed trailer here. 

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