The SLMPD urges you to take some basic precautions to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of a burglary or a theft.
ALWAYS lock your doors, even while you are at home. Service doors into garages as well as doors between attached garages and the interior of the house are often overlooked by homeowners and left unsecured. Overhead garage doors should be kept closed, whether or not you are home.
Leave a few exterior lights on after dark. Consider installing motion detector lights. They are very effective and relatively inexpensive.
Before leaving for vacation, contact the SLMPD at (952) 474-3261 and ask to be placed on the vacation house check list. Officers will check the exterior of your home periodically and randomly during your absence. Put mail and newspaper deliveries on hold before leaving. Mail delivery can be placed on hold via the Internet at www.usps.com. Click on “Hold Mail” and you’ll be taken to a secure site for entering your information. You can also pick up a “Hold Mail” card at any post office branch.
Lock your vehicles, even in your driveway or inside your garage. Do not leave valuables inside your vehicle.
Get to know your neighbors. Residents who know each other, keep an eye on each others’ homes, and report suspicious activity to police are great crime deterrents.
If you observe suspicious activity in your neighborhood, report it to the SLMPD immediately by calling 911.