Coon Rapids Police Community Watch Team
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Summer Vacation Safety Tips

Summer vacation is right around the corner for many of you, and the last thing you need after a relaxing vacation is to return home and find that you have been a victim of a criminal act, especially a burglary. Here are a few tips that may keep you from becoming a victim:

-Remember to place your mail, packages, and newspaper on hold. Criminals notice when the mail piles up or newspapers are scattered on the lawn. Criminals know this is a good indication that you are out of town.

-Place your lights, televisions, and radios on timers. This provides the image that someone is home. Be sure to close all blinds to ensure a potential criminal does not have the ability to peer inside your home and monitor activity.

-Be sure to lock all doors, windows, garage doors, storage sheds, vehicles, and gates prior to leaving your home.

-Remember to set your security alarm system if you have one. Test your system prior to leaving, to ensure it is functioning correctly. Ensure your personal contact information is also up-to-date; to ensure your alarm monitoring company has the ability to reach you.

-Have a close trustworthy friend or relative check on your residence while you are away.

-As excited as you may be to update your friends about your vacation on social media, you may strongly wish to reconsider. Remember, anyone that is able to access your social media profile, will gain insight that you are away on vacation. Potential criminals pay attention to these details and could attempt to break into your home while you are away.

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Welcome New Reserves!

The 2019 Coon Rapids Police Reserve Academy started on March 24, 2019 and since then, the recruits have volunteered to give up their Sunday mornings and afternoons to train with our police officers. These recruits successfully completed a total of 36 hours of training in several topics. The Coon Rapids Police Reserve Unit consists of well-trained and dedicated volunteers who are focused on serving the needs of the community and have a longstanding tradition of service. Reserve Officers are unpaid volunteers who work to supplement the patrol division and assist officers as needed. 

From left to right:
Dawn Koch, Kenny Shimmel, Cammy Christianson, Jessica Letran, Sara Smith, Jessica Hughes, & Matt Reitter.

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Welcome Officer Olson

Please welcome our newest officer, Ryan Olson!
In June, Officer Olson had his official badge pinning ceremony. He is a local, growing up in neighboring Andover. He graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Concordia College with a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice. When he’s not at work, he enjoys coaching youth sports and golfing. Pictured above is Officer Ryan Olson, his father, Detective Sergeant Scott Olson of the Minneapolis Police Department, and Chief Wise.

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Door-to-Door Sales

During the summer months, we always see an increase in door-to-door sales. Many of these are legitimate, like the Latvian college students pictured with Captain Hawley. You might be thinking: "Well, how can I tell a scammer from a college student selling books?" One pro tip is to always check or ask for their peddlers license from the City, which they are required to have with them at all times. 

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8 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe this Summer

Many of you are likely enjoying these long summer days outside with your pets. Although this can be a fun time of the year for your furry friends, it’s also important to remember that higher temperatures mean higher risks for pets. To keep your pets safe, follow these precautions from experts at the ASPCA:

  1. Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors.
  2. Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse.
  3. Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle.
  4. Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool — not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats.
  5. Open unscreened windows pose a real danger to pets, who often fall out of them. Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home closed, and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured.
  6. Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog. The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat.
  7. When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pet’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
  8. Remember that food and drink commonly found at barbecues can be poisonous to pets.
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Fireworks Safety

Just because some fireworks are legal doesn’t mean they are safe — especially around children.
Sparklers are a popular choice for kids. But remember, parents: Sparklers can burn up to 1,200 degrees.
• Don't allow children under the age of 12 to handle sparklers. 
• Show older children how to hold sparklers at arm's length, and don't let them run with or wave the sparklers. 
• Stand at least six feet away from another person while using sparklers. 
• To hand a sparkler to another person, give him or her an unlit sparkler and then light it. 
• Don't hold a child in your arms while holding a sparkler. 
• Drop spent sparklers into a bucket of water.
More safety tips:

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Squad Car Story Time

Last weekend Squad Car Story Time was back by popular demand. Officer Platz had a great time reading and singing along with the kids. An extra special thank you to the Crooked Lake Library for allowing us back! Missed the fun? We will be back with Officer Durette on July 11! Check out the Coon Rapids Police Department Facebook for all the details. No pre-registration is required.

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Night to Unite Registration

Night to Unite takes place Tuesday, August 6, 2019. It's right around the corner! if you haven't registered your party yet, do it today! it's easy, just click the link here, and fill in your information. check out our website for planning materials, including fillable invitations, flyers, and logos you can use for free. 

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