CRIME AND SAFETY BULLETIN
A REPORT FROM COUNCIL MEMBER ALONDRA CANO
Council Member Alondra Cano helped to door knock this neighborhood block and called a meeting to bring Central area residents together to build relationships and unify to reclaim their street after a series of shootings.
Dear Friends,
As we roll into spring, this week's weather notwithstanding, neighbors are coming together all over our Ward to build relationships and develop plans for the upcoming summer. It has been inspiring and heartening to see neighbors create plans for activating their streets by holding front yard barbecues, setting up a free lemonade stand on the corner, doing nightwatch patrols, or holding a block club meeting on an empty lot.   
As the seasons transition, I want to take the time to remind you of one of the most important things you can do to fight crime. Any time that you witness a crime, or even if you suspect a crime is taking place, please call 911. I hear from a lot of neighborhood residents who express frustration with a lack of timely response from police in response to 911 calls. I hear this and we are working to do the most that we can with the resources that we have. 911 calls get dispatched in order based on the severity of the call and I know that it can be frustrating when it takes longer than expected to receive a response. Calling 911 creates a record.
A volume of 911 calls in a certain geographic area helps Inspector Johnson to know where to send directed patrols, beat cops, and the three mobile cameras that she has for the entire precinct. Over time, a high volume of calls in our area helps me to advocate for more resources to fight crime in that specific area, including extra shifts for beat cops and more cameras and other safety enhancements.   
As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office or reach out to me to ask questions, request our support, or find out the status of the many efforts we are involved with to reduce crime and increase safety for our families. Invite us to your empty lot barbecues or other neighborhood activation events too, we'll bring something to throw on the grill!
La lucha sigue,
RESOURCES FOR STAYING SAFE
No Trespassing Signs
We recently met with a group of neighbors who live near the Village Market on 24th Street and they reported that they have been experiencing issues with people loitering on their property.  If this is an issue that you are experiencing, your crime prevention specialist can help. Contact Brett if you live north of Lake Street and Karen if you live South of Lake and they will help you obtain a trespassing sign and complete an affidavit authorizing police to enforce the order on your property
Prevent Mugging
You may have seen in the news that there was a rash of muggings in South Minneapolis. Police are increasing patrols in the neighborhood in response and have shared some tips for staying safe:
  • One quarter of cases involved victims who were intoxicated- please note that being visibly drunk or high makes you vulnerable to mugging  
  • Be aware of your surroundings and be alert to nearby activity including loitering 
  • Avoid secluded areas at night 
  • Use safe and direct routes
  • Carry keys and money in your pockets
  • If you are mugged cooperate with the robber and remain calm, taking note of the individual’s appearance and mannerisms
Lighting
Good lighting can help prevent crime. Please call 311 if you see any streetlights out. Bright lights can be added to existing wooden light poles for a small operational fee that will be added to your Xcel energy bill each month. Please contact my office if you are interested. 
Crime Victims Services
If you are unfortunate enough to be the victim of a crime, there is help for you. Contact the Hennepin County Attorney's Office 612-348-4003 and ask to speak with an advocate or Cornerstone Services at 952-884-0376 and ask for Michelle, Cheryl, or Rebecca. 
SUBMIT YOUR IDEA TO FIGHT CRIME IN THE COMMUNITY AROUND LITTLE EARTH 
Collaborative Public Safety Strategies  will fund innovative ideas for crimefighting efforts that build community and will have an immediate impact on public safety. Residents, business owners, and organizations with long-standing relationships at Little Earth can submit proposals. All ideas must fit into one of the defined categories:
  • Safety: Ideas that encourage increased outdoor activity and lead to a more hopeful environment for all.
  • Activation: Ideas that enable diverse activities and programming that appeals to a broad range of age groups and interests.
  • Community Engagement: Ideas that spur cultural connection and youth involvement.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Call 911 to report any criminal activity or if you see or know of a child who is being hurt or exploited.
Call Dawn at Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center 612-728-2000 to get help for American Indian women experiencing commercial sexual exploitation, chemical dependency, and domestic violence. The MIWRC is also able to serve GLBTQ victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Call PRIDE 24 hour crisis line 612-728-2062 to get help for people experiencing commercial sexual exploitation or substance abuse issues. PRIDE is also equipped to serve GLBTQ victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Make a child protection report at 612-348-3552 or online if you encounter a child who you think is being sexually exploited. 
Call St. Stephen's Street Outreach Workers 612-874-0311 to get immediate help for people who are experiencing homelessness.
Call Day One Services 24 hour crisis line 1-866-223-1111 to get help for people experiencing commercial sexual exploitation, sexual violence, or domestic abuse.
The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic is open for walk-in patients Mondays and Thursdays 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at St Paul's Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Avenue South. No insurance needed- all medical care provided for free.
Walk-in Counseling Center provides free, anonymous mental health counseling and referrals five days a week right in the neighborhood. 2421 Chicago Avenue South.
Alondra Cano represents the Ninth Ward on the Minneapolis City Council. The Ninth Ward consists of the Central, Corcoran, East Phillips, Midtown Phillips, and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods along with a sliver of Longfellow. Our diverse and vibrant communities boast beautiful parks, a number of thriving small business corridors, the Midtown Exchange, world class hospitals, and an informed and engaged community of changemakers, artists, and activists.
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POLICE DEPARTMENT CONTACTS
911 for all emergencies.
612-348-2345 for non-emergencies.
If you suspect drug dealing but have not actually seen it call 612-673-5706.
If you are in doubt call 911 and they will route your call properly.
Contact Crime Prevention Specialist Karen Notsch 612-673-2856 or karen (dot) notsch (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov for issues South of Lake Street.
Contact Crime Prevention Specialist Brett Nyman 612-673-3482 or brett (dot) nyman (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov for issues North of Lake Street.
Read more about the ways Crime Prevention Specialists can help.
Check out MPD's Third Precinct website for additional information and resources.
PROBLEM PROPERTIES
Every month my office works to identify and monitor problem properties in our neighborhoods. We bring together representatives from the City of Minneapolis' Police Department, Attorney's Office, Housing Inspections, Business Licensing, Parking Enforcement and the County's prosecutor's and probation office to coordinate and discuss commercial, residential rental and owner occupied buildings that are causing problems related to public safety.
Problem properties should be reported to your area's Crime Prevention Specialist or to the Ninth Ward office at 612-673-2209. Please note that MPD needs to receive two reports on the same problem property in order to prevent the program from being mis-used.
EVENTS CALENDAR
Midtown Phillips Crime Meeting, May 8 (repeats every second Monday of the month), 6:30 p.m. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Avenue South.
CANDO Community Meeting, May 16 (Repeats every third Tuesday), 5:30 p.m. (Crime and safety breakout begins at 6:30 p.m.) CANDO Community Space at CTUL, 3715 Chicago Avenue South.
Lake Street Commercial Safety Conversation, May 16 (Repeats every third Tuesday), 6:30 p.m. Las Mojarras, 1507 East Lake Street.
 NINTH WARD OFFICE
Call (612) 673-2209
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