Coon Rapids Police Community Watch Team
Green Sign in police parking lot that reads "Meetup Spot"

Stay Safe This Gift-Giving Season

Tips for Buying & Selling Online

The Coon Rapids Police Department parking lot has a safe meeting spot to exchange items from internet sales, which includes video recording. Look for the green sign. Always meet in a safe, public location.

Follow these additional tips to protect yourself:

  • Avoid checks or money orders, if you do accept a check, make sure it clears before sending an item.

  • Don’t accept over-payments, no matter the excuse.

  • Ensure a buyer has paid before turning over an item.

  • If buying a cell phone, meet seller at cell phone store to make sure the phone is not stolen or inoperable.

  • Never wire money for an item, it’s usually impossible to get your money back. Instead, use a third party pay service that has buyer protections.
Keys in a car ignition

Prevent Car Thefts

Take Keys Out of the Ignition

Leaving a car running with the keys in the ignition not only invites thieves, it is also against City Code.

Many car thefts are crimes of opportunity that occur when doors are unlocked and keys are visible. Using a remote start is okay... but a vehicle left running with the keys in the ignition is not.

City Code 9-118 says: "Every person parking a passenger automobile on a public street, alley, public parking lot, or place affected with a public interest in the City shall lock the ignition, remove the key, and take the key with them."

What this means: do not leave a vehicle running unattended, with keys in the ignition.

Coon Rapids police hat with beard icon

No-Shave November

Supporting Cancer Prevention

Coon Rapids police officers got a little scruffy this fall... for good reason! This November, members of the police department let their facial hair grow to raise money for cancer research and prevention.

The CRPD team raised $1,025 throughout November. The funds will go to a variety of organizations that support cancer prevention, research, and education.

Don't forget to take a look back at some of the department's finest facial hair on our Facebook page!

Home security camera

Join the Community Watch Team

Register Your Security Camera

Images captured by home security cameras have directly led to solving crimes in Coon Rapids.

The Community Watch Team launched last year to encourage residents and businesses to voluntarily register the location of security cameras.

If police are investigating a crime in an area where they know a camera is located, it helps connect officers with possible camera footage. But you don’t need a security camera to be part of the Community Watch Team. Residents without cameras are also welcome to partner with police to access crime maps, newsletters and other crime prevention resources.

Join the Community Watch Team today!

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