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Becky Boie
Crime Prevention Specialist



6645 Humboldt Av N
Brooklyn Center, MN  55430

Direct: (763) 503-3272
Main: (763) 569-3333
Fax: (763) 561-0717

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Crime Prevention is the anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of a crime risk, and the initiation of action to remove or reduce it.
  • Crime Prevention is an active approach utilizing public awareness and preventive measures to reduce crime.
  • Crime Prevention programs assist in reducing crime, stimulate public awareness concerning crime prevention and enhance our communities.
  • The responsibility of crime prevention doesn’t fall on one person – it’s everyone’s business. Law enforcement agencies, however, often are the focal point in community crime prevention. We all need to work together as a community to help reduce and deter crime.
 
The mission of the Brooklyn Center Police Department is to protect and serve in a manner that preserves the public trust.

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6645 Humboldt Avenue North
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


All proceeds benefit the Brooklyn Center Crime Prevention Program. 

Crime Free Housing Program
Overview

The Crime Free Housing Program is a state-of-the-art, crime prevention program designed to reduce crime, drugs, and gangs on apartment and rental properties.

The International Crime Free Multi-Housing program consists of three phases that must be completed under the supervision of the local police department. Property managers can become individually certified after completing training in each phase and the property becomes certified upon successful completion of all three phases. 

Program Benefits
  • A stable, more satisfied resident base
  • Improved personal safety for tenants, managers, and owners
  • Increased demand for rental units with a reputation for active management
  • Increased property values
  • Lower maintenance and repair costs
  • More appreciative neighbors
  • More time for routine management and less time on crisis control


Phase I

 National Crime Free Housing ("CFH") Program Requirements
  • Attend an eight-hour crime-free housing course presented by police, fire, public housing and others on the following topics:
    • Crime Prevention Theory
    • CPTED Theory (Physical Security)
    • Benefits of Resident Screening
    • Lease Agreements and Eviction Issues
    • Crime Free Lease Addendum
    • Key Control and Master Key Use
    • On-Going Security Management Monitoring and Responding to Criminal Activity
    • Gangs, Drugs Activity, and Crime Prevention
    • Legal Warnings, Notices & Evictions Working Smarter With the Police Fire and Life Safety Training Community Awareness

Additional City Requirements per Chapter  12-914
  • Use a written lease including the Minnesota Crime Free Housing Lease Addendum.
  • Check the criminal background of all prospective tenants and, upon request, provide a copy of Third Party Background Check procedures for Tenants.
  • Actively pursue the eviction of tenants who violate the terms of the lease and/or the Crime Free Lease Addendum.


Phase II

National Crime Free Housing Program Requirements

  • Security Assessment - Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Survey (CPTED) 
    • Minimum exterior door requirement
      • Single cylinder dead bold with 1 inch throw bolt
      • Security strike plates with four 3 inch screw
      • 180 degree door viewer
    • Minimum window requirement
      • Adequate functioning lock
      • Anti-lift/removal for sliding door
    • Minimum exterior lighting standards
    • Landscape maintenance standards compliance
    • Properly install and visible address numbers

Additional City Requirements per City Code 12-914
  • Attend a minimum of 25 percent of Owners/Managers Association Meetings.


Phase III

National Crime Free Housing Program Requirements
  • Landlords make a written crime-free commitment
  • Commit to proper tenant screening - use minimum screening criteria
  • Commit to having their tenants sign and abide by a crime free lease addendum
  • Commit to maintaining their property (CPTED) security criteria
  • Commit to properly checking their properties regularly (inside and out, at least once every 2 months)
  • Commit to notifying the neighbors of their rental and their name, phone # and address
  • Commit to working with police and other agencies
  • Commit to being re-certified annually

Additional City Requirements per City Code 12-914
  • For properties with more than four units, conduct resident training annually for the residents where crime watch and crime prevention techniques are discussed.
  • For properties with more than four units, hold regular resident meetings.
  • Attend a minimum of 50 percent of Owners/Managers Association Meetings.
  • Have no City Code violations that were not resolved in accordance with compliance orders within the past year.

For more information, please contact the crime prevention specialist at (763) 503-3272. For monthly crime prevention tips, please visit the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association website. 

Crime Prevention Program Board
We are fortunate to be one of the few cities that still have a Crime Prevention Board. The Board consists of Brooklyn Center residents and has been instrumental with providing funds for National Night Out, Neighborhood Watch newsletter, Police/Citizen Award Ceremony, Summer Youth Program, crime tip rewards, and other programs that are introduced. 


The Crime Prevention Board does not receive funds from the City and relies exclusively on donations. If you would like to help support the Brooklyn Center Crime Prevention Board, please send donations to: 


Brooklyn Center Crime Prevention Board 
6645 Humboldt Ave N 
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 


National Night Out (NNO)
National Night Out (NNO) 2020 and the kick-off events, originally scheduled to take place the first week of August, had been rescheduled for October due to COVID-19 concerns. We have made the difficult decision to officially cancel both events out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our block watch captains and their neighbors. As much as we want to visit with the community now more than ever, the community’s safety is of utmost importance to us. It is our hope that we will be able to coordinate NNO and a grand kick-off party for the Brooklyn Center Community in 2021. 

The police department will prepare a newsletter later this year, focused on crime tips and updates to be distributed to neighborhoods through your block watch captains. 

Chief Gannon

Click here to view a video created by CCX Media regarding our National Night Out and community outreach efforts.

Neighborhood Watch
Starting a Neighborhood Watch 

Organizing your block 
Once you have made the choice to be a Block Watch Captain, the first step is to organize your block. The best way to do this is to canvas your block by going door-to-door, and talking with neighbors about their interest in participating in this type of crime prevention program. Outline the benefits of the program and how it will help neighbors to get to know one another as well as prevent crime. 

Form a planning group 
Although you have volunteered to be the Block Watch Captain, it is important that you have a group of residents that can help in organizing two meetings per year, that are able to stand in as BW Captain if you are unable, or to assist in disseminating information to the block. Your block should work as a team with a united goal, therefore invite anyone who volunteers to participate in the planning group. 

Contact your local law enforcement agency 
The next step is to partner up with the Brooklyn Center Police Department. This is the most important tool in having a successful program creating a good line of communication between your group and law enforcement. Once you register with the Police Department you can receive information about Neighborhood Watch groups, specific statistical information about crimes occurring in your neighborhood, and serve as guest speakers at your meetings. You will also receive quarterly newsletters about crime prevention and are able to schedule premise surveys of homes on your block. The Police Department can provide you with the Neighborhood Watch signs and stickers. 

Planning first meeting 
Now that you and your planning group have organized your block and registered with the Police Department, it is time to plan your first meeting. This may sound easier than it actually is. The first step it to find a time and date that will work for the majority of your members. Evenings or weekends tend to work best for the working population but you may have to consider the needs of the elderly, weather conditions and/or location before making a final decision. Have a few options open that will best accommodate your members then begin to research a location for the meeting. 

Meeting agenda and handouts 
Your Block Watch meetings should be approximately 1-1 ½ hours in length, depending on the needs of your group. Remember to have sign-in sheets at the door for members’ information, so that the planning group can keep track of member participation. Nametags may also be helpful for the first few meetings so that members get to know one another on a more personal basis. If possible, have snacks at meetings to increase turnout! You may also want to have handouts as tools, and you can usually get these for free from various agencies, City Hall, the Police Department or from Internet resources. We suggest that you brainstorm topics with your group that affect your neighborhood, discuss possible solutions and work with law enforcement on topics that they should be aware of. The main goals of your meetings should be for members to get to know one another, so that they are aware of who should and should not be on your block as well as discuss solutions to your neighborhood problems. Lastly, after addressing agenda topics or listening to invited speakers it is important to have a limited amount of “free time” where all members can be heard and questions can be answered! 

Mobilizing Community Resources 
Once you have planned when you would like to have your initial meeting, it is then time to mobilize and utilize some of your community resources! Visit/call local churches, businesses and schools to discuss your plans in preventing crime in the area, how it benefits them, and how these groups can participate. At this point you can create a list of places that may be willing to work with your group. You may be able to hold regular meetings at no charge at local schools or churches. Work with a contact person to coordinate the logistics of the partnership up front, so that both parties will be satisfied with the outcome. 

Advertise your meeting 
About one week before the meeting, canvas the neighborhood with flyers ( But-do not put flyers in mailboxes, as it is a federal offense!) or call all residents about time, date and location of the first meetings. This will give residents enough time to plan ahead, but not too much time so that they forget. 

First Meeting 
At your initial meeting, it is important to discuss with everyone the importance of having a Block Watch Program and vote on the logistics of how they would like it to operate. Based on the members’ needs, decisions should be had about how often to hold meetings, agenda ideas, meeting location, choosing special events and speakers, as well as identifying specific problems that plague your community. Make sure that all members have an opportunity to voice their opinions about how the program should run and their concerns. 

Agenda topics/suggestions

  • Crime Prevention Armed Robbery Survival
  • Code Enforcement Retail Loss Prevention
  • Home Safety Community Policing
  • Personal Safety Fraud
  • Identity Theft Speeding
  • Gangs After-School Programs
  • Drug Prevention Internet Safety


Maintaining communication 
In order to keep members interested, it is important to meet and communicate on a regular basis. BW captains can do this in several ways. Aside from regularly scheduled meetings, you can organize special social events (such as summer BW parties, holiday potlucks, back to school gatherings, or host National Night Out meetings). Special events can help to strike a balance between business and pleasure. Put together phone trees and community maps so that everyone is aware of where members live, as well as have access to member phone numbers. This also creates a sense of community. 

The Brooklyn Center Police Department hopes this information will assist you in organizing your own successful Block Watch Program. Remember, you know your neighborhood best. Watch groups are not police, but they do ask residents to be observant and report suspicious activity or crimes immediately to law enforcement. 

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a meeting with us, you can contact the Crime Prevention Specialist, Becky Boie at 763-503-3272 or


Public Safety Regulations
The City has established public safety regulations to ensure a safe and secure environment for residents, businesses and visitors.  We appreciate your cooperation in learning and following public safety regulations.

Unattended Motor Vehicle

When a motor vehicle is left unattended with the motor running and the keys in the ignition, it provides an opportunity for the vehicle to be stolen. This is a violation of City Ordinances and could result in a fine.

Many auto thefts could have been prevented if the vehicle had been turned off and the key removed when the driver left the vehicle unattended. When a vehicle is stolen, there are many inconveniences to the vehicle owner. In addition, extra police services are required to investigate the crime. In some cases, safety hazards have occurred due to pursuits of stolen vehicles or when children were left in the vehicles. There are also financial consequences associated with insurance rates, vehicle damage and personal items left in the vehicle. Therefore, it important to take measures to prevent auto theft.

Some of the most common locations where vehicles are stolen while running and unattended include gas stations, hotels and restaurants. However, these types of vehicle thefts can also occur in other locations including residential driveways.

Alternative
For warming up vehicles during the cold winter months, installation of a remote starter may be a possible alternative.

City Code
Section 27-122. UNATTENDED MOTOR VEHICLE. No person driving or being in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key therefrom, and removing the key from the motor vehicle.

Resources
View Flyer
Channel 12 Video


Managing Panhandlers

While residents and businesses in Brooklyn Center are generous, giving money to panhandlers has unintended consequences and does not provide long-term solutions for those in need. Many communities in the metro area experience the negative effects of panhandlers. The courts have ruled that panhandlers are protected by the First Amendment and may stand passively and display their signs. However, they may not behave aggressively or interfere with traffic flow. If you notice aggressive behavior or interference with traffic, please call 911 so an officer may respond. 

People often feel uncomfortable when approached by someone who is soliciting money.  The following information provides tips for responding to panhandlers, ways to make wise donations, and resources for those in need.

Tips for Responding to Panhandling
If you are approached by a panhandler or someone soliciting money, the following tips may be helpful:

  • Do not provide money to panhandlers even if they dress to play to your sympathy or use techniques to amuse you.  Politely say “No” or “Sorry.” Pulling out your purse or wallet can also make you a potential victim of a crime.
  • Aggressive panhandling is illegal. If you feel threatened, call 911. Examples of aggressive behavior include:
    • Confronting someone in a way that would cause a reasonable person to fear bodily harm 
    • Touching someone without his or her consent 
    • Continuing to panhandle or follow someone after he or she has refused to give money 
    • Intentionally blocking or interfering with the safe passage of a person or vehicle
    • Using obscene or abusive language toward someone while attempting to panhandle him or her
    • Acting with intent to intimidate someone into giving money
  • If you would like to help people in need, donate wisely to the organizations that exist to help them.  You can get the most positive results from your donation if you donate to charitable organizations. Visit the Get Involved & Make a Difference webpage and Donation Guidelines webpage. 

Available Resources
A variety of resources and non-profit partners are available in Brooklyn Center and the greater metro area to help those who are in need. These organizations provide a local food shelf, assist with housing needs, and assess physical and mental health needs. Donating to these organizations helps support long-term solutions.  A few resources for panhandlers and homeless people include:

  • Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP) is the local food shelf. Contact www.ceap.com or call (763) 566-9600. Contact CEAP for their hours of operation.
  • United Way 2-1-1 provides referrals to resources and assistance for many issues. Visit www.gtcuw.org, or call 211, or Local (651) 291-0211, or Toll-free (800) 543-7709. 211 is available 24 hours a day, every day.

Options for Businesses and Property Owners
Businesses and property owners can order panhandlers off their property and the Police Department will assist in the notification and removal process. Additionally, Police staff can give written notice that those parties may not return in accordance with Minnesota State Statute 609.605 Trespassing.  This law states a person is in violation of State Law if the person: 
 
    (3) trespasses on the premises of another and, without claim of right, refuses to depart from the premises on demand of the lawful possessor;

    (4) occupies or enters the dwelling or locked or posted building of another, without claim of right or consent of the owner or the consent of one who has the right to give consent, except in an emergency situation;
 

People who violate the Statute after notice are in violation of a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or $1,000 fine.

Negative Impact of Panhandling
Panhandling has negative effects on the community.  Residents and businesses voice concerns about this issue.  Some concerns include that residents or visitors to our community may feel unsafe or intimidated by the panhandlers.  Panhandlers promote a negative image of the community. Businesses may suffer if panhandlers are present near their businesses or in the parking lots since customers tend to avoid areas where panhandlers beg. The Police Department has found that panhandlers often want money instead of other assistance in order to purchase alcohol or illegal drugs.  Residents have reported that panhandlers have misrepresented themselves and their use of the money. 

Use your money wisely, do not give money to panhandlers!


Phone Scams


Phony Telephone Number Scam
May 15, 2017
by Carol Kando-Pineda 
Attorney, FTC's Consumer & Business Education 

There’s a new scam out there, preying on veterans who are making decisions about their medical care. The Veterans Choice Program (VCP) is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The program allows certain eligible vets to use approved health care providers who are outside of the VA system. Veterans or families can call the VCP’s toll-free number to verify their eligibility for the program.

Here’s the problem: Scammers have set up a phony telephone line that very closely resembles the VCP’s real telephone number. Con artists often use names, seals, and logos that look or sound like those of respected, legitimate organizations. This time they’re using a phone number that’s almost identical to the real thing, counting on creating confusion. You call and think you’ve reached the VCP. The fake line’s message says you’re entitled to a rebate if you provide a credit card number. But if you give up your account information, they’ll debit your account and you’ll get nothing in return.  There is no rebate and you’ll need to cancel your credit card. 

If you’re a veteran – or you’re helping one with health care – remember the following tips to avoid a scammer’s tricks:
  • Be sure you’re calling the real number for the Veterans Choice Program: 866-606-8198. If you’re not sure you’ve reached the VCP, hang up. Check the VCP’s site for the real number and try again.
  • The VA – or any government agency – will not ask for your financial account information. 
 
Visit VCP’s site to learn more about the Veterans Choice Program – or call 866-606-8198. Check out the VA’s identity theft prevention program, More Than a Number.  Report identity theft to the FTC – and get a personalized recovery plan – at IdentityTheft.gov.

Prize Scams: Don't Pay to Play
By:Ari Lazarus 
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC 

You get a phone call from an excited caller saying you’ve won a trip, a car, or a lot of money. Next, they ask you to send money before you get the prize. That is a sure sign of a scam. 
Recently, we’ve heard about a spike in prize scam calls. Although there are some legitimate contests, remember: there are a lot of scams. Here are a few ways to spot a prize scam: 
  • Scammers ask you to pay before you can claim your prize. Legitimate sweepstakes don’t make you pay a fee or buy something to enter or improve your chances of winning. Scammers might try to sound official and say it’s for “taxes,” “shipping and handling charges,” or “processing fees.” Don’t pay to claim a prize, and never give your checking or credit card number for a sweepstakes promotion.
  • Scammers ask you to wire money to “insure” delivery of your prize. Don’t do it. Legitimate sweepstakes don’t ask you to wire money. Once you wire money, you can’t get it back. The same goes for sending a check or money order by overnight delivery or putting money on a prepaid debit card.
  • Scammers send you a check and ask you to send some of the money back. But the check is fake, and you’re responsible for repaying the bank. 
  • Scammers use the names of well-known companies for prize scams. Con artists often pretend to call from well-known companies to make themselves appear legitimate and gain your trust. If you don’t remember entering, you probably didn’t. If you think it may be legit, use a search engine to find the company’s real phone number. Call to confirm that you entered a contest before responding to any claims that you won.

If you’re suspicious of a prize offer, report it! 

IRS Phone Scam

The IRS is warning the public about a phone scam that targets people across the nation, including recent immigrants. Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.

The callers who commit this fraud often:
 

  • Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
  • Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number.
  • Make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling.
  • Send bogus IRS emails to support their scam.
  • Call a second time claiming to be the police or DMV, and caller ID again supports their claim.

The truth is the IRS usually first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes. And the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The agency also won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, here’s what to do:
 

  • If you owe federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
  • If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.
  • You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. Add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.

Be alert for phone and email scams that use the IRS name. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by email, texting or any social media. You should forward scam emails to . Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those emails.

Read more about tax scams on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov.

Additional IRS Resources: 



What is a Robocall?

If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it's a robocall.
 
You've probably gotten robocalls about candidates running for office, or charities asking for donations. These robocalls are allowed. But if the recording is a sales message and you haven't given your written permission to get calls from the company on the other end, the call is illegal. In addition to the phone calls being illegal, their pitch most likely is a scam

What's the FTC Doing About Robocalls?

During the last few years, the FTC has stopped billions of robocalls that offer everything from fraudulent credit card services and so-called auto warranty protection to home security systems and grant procurement programs. Tracing these calls is a tough job:
Many different companies use the same or very similar recorded messages.

Robocallers fake the caller ID information that you see on your phone. That's called caller ID spoofing — and new technology makes it very easy to do. In some cases, the fraudulent telemarketer may want you to think the call is from your bank, or another entity you've done business with. Sometimes, the telephone number may show up as "unknown" or "123456789." Other times, the number is a real one belonging to someone who has no idea his or her number is being misused.

Robocallers often place the calls through internet technology that hides their location.

What Should You Do If You Get a Robocall?

If you get a robocall:
Hang up the phone. Don't press 1 to speak to a live operator and don't press any other number to get your number off the list. If you respond by pressing any number, it will probably just lead to more robocalls.
 



Safety Information
Residential Home Security Tips (CPTED)

Burglaries and break-ins can be prevented or deterred by following some common crime prevention practices. Time, noise and light are a burglar’s worst enemies. Most break-ins are crimes of opportunity and relatively unsophisticated in nature. Thieves seek the easiest opportunity or point of entry to gain access to a home. You can prevent burglaries by making your home less attractive to criminals by making changes to your environment (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design).   

Door and Frames
  • Exterior doors should be of solid core construction and installed at all exterior dwelling entrances and attached garage entrances.
  • The solid core door should fit snugly into the properly constructed frame to provide adequate strength and security.
  • The frame should be reinforced by blocking or filling at lock height to provide extra strength to help deter the burglary method of spreading.
  • Glass inserts to solid core doors and glass sidelight panels on one or both sides of the door should be considered when target hardening the entry. A burglar can smash and reach inside to cheat the locking mechanism. Reinforcing the frame area adjacent to the window area beside the door and replacing glass with more secure glass, plastic or shatter resistant plastic film adhered to the inside surface will help to increase the level of security.

Doors
  • French or Double Doors generally have glass panes, though some can be solid. One of the doors to the set should be braced by the use of flush bolts at both the top and bottom of the edge of the door. This reduces the inward give of the doors and provides better security. A good deadbolt system should also be fitted to the active door for additional security.
  • Sliding Patio Doors have a poor latch locking system and should be reinforced with secondary mechanisms. Without these secondary systems, sliding doors are prone to being lifted out of their tracks with the use of crowbars. Using devices such as commercial jimmy plates, spring locks and safety bars can add a level of security.
  • There are also very cost-effective home remedies:
    • A simple hockey stick cut to fit snugly into the bottom track can prevent sliding.
    • Drilling a small hole through the frame and inserting a nail or metal pin can also prevent sliding.
    • Screws drilled into the top rail can prevent lifting.
  • Steel Security Storm Doors can be installed with secure hardware and constructed as simple wrought iron or designed with glass and screen inserts with weather stripping. This is a more expensive option.

Note: Before making any alterations to your home to improve security, inspect your home and plan for a variety of exits in case of fire. 

Hinges and Fasteners 
  • Burglar resistant doors should swing inward so that the hinge pins cannot be removed from the outside. If the hinges are the style that can be removed easily, they should be replaced by the non-removable type.
  • Hinge screws should be long enough to reach through to the wall stud beyond the doorframe. If the hinge pins are exposed, you can secure them by inserting a small non-removable screw into the middle of each pin. The use of a small metal peg in the hinge will provide extra security at that point when the door is closed and the hinge pin is removed, the door cannot be slid out from the frame.
  • All fasteners exposed to tampering should be rendered non-removable by using one-way screws, grinding out the slot with a drill or fill the driving recess with “liquid metal”.

Locks 
Locks are the first line of defense against intruders. No locking mechanism is burglar proof, but good locks can be an effective deterrent. 

Primary locks are referred to as key-in-knob locks or cylindrical locks. These locks provide minimum security and are popular, as they are low cost and simple to install. 

There are two styles of key-in-knob locks.
  1. The spring latch does not require a key and has a beveled edge bolt that can be cheated simply by inserting a piece of plastic card or metal between the door and frame.
  2.  The dead latch bolt operates the same way as the spring latch, but has a dead-latch plunger that when engaged makes the latch inoperable.

Auxiliary locks refer to secondary locking mechanisms that should be installed with the primary lock to provide more adequate security. Examples of auxiliary lock systems area as follows: 

Deadbolts
The term deadbolt describes the exact function of the mechanism. The bolt is ‘dead’; that is to say the bolt can not be slipped with a card or tool, but can only be disengaged with a key. The minimum throw of a deadbolt should be 1”. The surrounding collar of the deadbolt should be made of good quality material so that it can not be crushed or have a slip ring that is separate from the deadbolt mechanism and can rotate freely to prevent crushing or twisting. The strike plate should be installed properly with long screws that anchor in to the frame, which increases the security benefit of this locking mechanism. Deadbolts provide good to excellent security depending on the quality. 

Note: The use of double cylinder deadbolts (keyed to both sides of the lock) is against the City Code since every exit door shall permit the door to be readily opened from the inside with not more than one releasing operation and without requiring keys, special devices or specialized knowledge of the door mechanism. 
  • Interlocking Bolt Rim Lock. Unlike the horizontal bolt of a standard deadbolt, the interlocking bolt rim lock has two vertically moving deadbolts that lock into a frame-mounted striker that increases the resistance to an attack from a crowbar. These locks are suitable for wooden frames or where there are sidelights. These locks provide good to excellent security, depending on the quality.
  • Rim Deadbolt Lock. Surface mounted on the interior of the door, these locks are easy to install but are poor security if installed with simple screws. They provide better security if installed with carriage bolts. These systems are found on some older homes and should be updated.
  • Pushbutton Rim Locks. Keyless locks operated by pressing the correct combination on the numbered entry pad. Popular in commercial applications but can be used for residential applications. However, the security code should be changed regularly so the number pads do not wear out from overuse.
  • Digitally Coded Deadbolt System with Keypad or Electronic Remote. These are relatively new systems that can be expensive to purchase, but can be fitted to existing openings. They operate in the same manner as the traditional deadbolt system, but the locking mechanism can be activated without keys from a distance with an electronic remote or by entering the security code on the attached keypad. These systems can be of great benefit to seniors or people with disabilities.
  • Auxiliary lock mechanism reinforcement system. To add to the already increased security offered by a good quality deadbolt lock, the addition of a steel reinforcement device to both the door and frame greatly increases strength. This system is cost effective and simple to install. (i.e., “Bolt Buddy”).

Note: When an auxiliary lock is installed to improve the security of a door, there remains a weakness at that point in the frame if force is applied to the door. A strike plate is always installed to the frame as the mechanism in which the bolt is housed. The standard strike plate is fastened with ¾” screws which are inadequate. It is recommended that an extended strike plate be installed with 2-½” to 3” screws that will add a substantial degree of strength to the frame. A high security box-type or wrap around style strike plate with 2-½” to 3” screws would increase this degree of strength substantially. 

Windows 
Window Windows are generally a weak link when it comes to residential security. They can be pried or broken with a tool, lifted from their tracks and the panes removed. There are numerous ways to increase the security of windows. Conduct this simple survey of your existing windows by asking the following questions:
  • How effective is the window design?
  • What are the weak points?
  • What is the access from the ground, garage, porch, roof, tree, fire escape, ledge or balcony, etc…?
  • Is the glass shatter resistant?
  • What is the state of repair of the sash and frame?
  • Are the locking mechanisms functional and are they engaged?
  • Are the sight lines to the windows open or closed to view?
  • Is the surrounding area well lit at night?

Here are some of the different types of window sets currently in use:
  • Vertical sliding (double hung) windows
  • Horizontal sliding windows
  • Casement windows
  • Awning windows
  • Louvered windows
  • Sashless or semi-sashed windows

Here are some methods of adding security to window sets: 
  • Any window that is not to be used as a fire exit can simply be secured by nailing or screwing it permanently closed or adding grill work.
  • Vertical sliding (double hung) or horizontally sliding windows can be pinned with a nail or metal pin that can be removed. Any keyless latches can be secured by drilling a hole through the latch and inserting a removable pin or replacing the existing latch with a keyed latch set.
  • Casement and awning windows can be secured simply by replacing keyless latches with keyed latches or keyed slide bolt. Install a pin system through the latch mechanism that can be removed when required.
  • Sashless or semi-sashed windows can be blocked closed with a piece of wood fit snugly into the bottom track to prevent sliding and a small screw drilled into the top track to prevent it from being lifted.
  • Fixed picture windows, vision panels (including small paned) and skylights are inoperative, providing good security. Most thieves have no interest in breaking these windows as they take time and cause too much noise.
  • Basement windows can also be secured by using grillwork, guards and bar mechanisms. They can be installed with one-way screws, pins or padlocks. Ensure that at least one window has a means of operation so that it can be opened for possible escape and that all basement windows in bedroom areas are operable for safety reasons.
  • Other methods of adding security to the glazing (glass area) of a window would include shatter resistant films (3M Scotch Shield) which strengthen the glass area. Glass areas can also be covered or even replaced with Lucite (high impact acrylic sheeting) that can survive attack without being broken unless very extreme force is used (which will usually take too much time and cause too much noise).

Note: Before making any alterations to your home to improve security, inspect your home and plan for a variety of exits in case of fire. 

Miscellaneous 

Light timers
Light timers installed in areas throughout the home and set to go on and off at different times during the evening can give the appearance that a residence is occupied. The same timers can also be set to operate radios. When a home is left in either total darkness or completely lit up for extended periods of time, it can give the impression that the home is unoccupied. Most timers are inexpensive and can be purchased at most hardware and department stores. 

Chain Locks 
Chain locks are not recommended as they can give a false sense of security. Once the door is set slightly ajar with the chain engaged, allowing the homeowner to take a look at who might be at the door, the door can be grabbed or pushed open and entry gained. Most chain locks are installed with short screws and weak chains. The strength of any door only works when it is closed. Other items can be used to better reinforce the door to provide an extra hard point and keeps the door in the closed position. A through-door viewer should be installed in conjunction with any hardware to provide a view to the outside.. 

Door viewers
Through-door viewers provide a view to the outside. This is a great feature for solid core doors without any glazed portions so that you can see who is there before allowing access. There are several styles on the market and each provides different peripheral views from 160 to 180 degrees. The ideal viewer will provide a large image with a 204-180-degree view so that there is no ‘blind spot’ left or right at the wall. The newest form of viewer is comprised of a prism construction that will not allow any view to the inside from outside and a large inside viewer that can be observed several steps back from the door. 

Door wedges 
Door wedges or stops can provide additional reinforcement to the door when engaged. Such devices can be as simple as rubber wedges pinned into predrilled holes in the floor, to commercial devices that function in the same manner. It should be noted, however, that if these items are used, then all residents and visitors should be made aware of their operation in case of fire. 

Address Numbers
Householder identification is often neglected as a result of a lack of understanding. Address numbers are required by City Code, and are necessary for Police, Fire and Ambulance personnel to locate your residence in case of an emergency. 

Vacations
Vacations should be considered as a security concern. You should take certain steps to help prevent making your home a target while you are away. Make sure that you leave your home in the care of someone you trust and let them know where you can be reached in case of emergency. Instruct them on the following: 
  • Keep the mailbox clear
  • Keep the grass cut and yard clean in summer
  • Keep the walkways and driveway clear of snow in the winter
  • Keep ladders or climbing devices locked away out of sight or they might be used to gain entry
  • Use light timers for your lights and radio to give the impression that someone is home.
  • Cancel all deliveries, newspapers and your mail.
  • Make sure that all your valuables are stored properly or put into a safety deposit box.

Garages
Garages present a unique problem to residential security. They generally have inadequate locks that can easily be pried off. The overhead doors should be reinforced with ½” plywood sheeting if constructed of thin wood panels and fitted with either a sliding bolt lock system or pinned at the track for better security. The single pedestrian entryway door should be of solid core construction and reinforced the same as the entry to your home. If the garage is the attached style, special care should be taken to ensure that it is always secure. Once inside, the culprit(s) can secure the garage and attempt to gain entry to the home in complete seclusion. 

If you have an electric garage door opener, change the internal code from time to time or purchase a new system that has an automatically changing encrypted access code that cannot be intercepted by a device. If you leave for vacation, the electric opener should be disconnected from the power supply. 

Alarm systems
An alarm system is intended to detect a burglary, but will not necessarily prevent one. A system is only as good as its user and should be installed along with good physical security reinforcement such as deadbolt locks, adequate lighting, secure basement windows and strong exterior doors. 

Alarm companies offer a variety of alarm systems with numerous features. Obtain recommendations from friends with alarm systems or your insurance agent before choosing a system. You should also determine:
  • How long the alarm company has been in business
  • The number of service facilities the company has
  • If the company holds adequate liability insurance
  • Whether or not their employees bonded

Obtain detailed quotes and system information from at least three alarm companies before making a final selection. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau for company information. 

Of all the alarm systems available, there are two methods of installation to consider that are of concern to the police:
  • An audible alarm that rings only locally and is not monitored
  • An alarm monitored by a private company
Bear in mind that it is possible for potential thieves to circumvent some monitored alarm systems by cutting the telephone wires before they enter the house. Speak to your alarm company representative about obtaining an alternate alarm system which does not use telephone wires to send its signal to the alarm company, or consider installing a telephone line shield which goes around the telephone wire and is bolted to the house. This metal shield protects the telephone line from being cut. 

Note: False alarms waste valuable police resources and reduce the integrity of the alarm system. It is the user’s responsibility to ensure correct operation of the system. All monitored alarm systems are serviced by an intermediate private company prior to any notification of Police. 

General Safety Tips

Halloween Safety

Halloween is the most dangerous day of the year for pedestrians.  Check out the Halloween safety video that we put together.


Motorists
  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. In dark costumes, they’ll be harder to see at night.
  • Look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
  • Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
  • Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.
  • Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and front porches.

Parents
  • Ensure an adult or older, responsible youth is available to supervise children under age 12.
  • Plan and discuss the route your trick-or-treaters will follow.
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along established routes.
  • Teach children to stop only at well-lit houses and to never to enter a stranger’s home or garage.
  • Establish a time for children to return home.
  • Tell children not to eat any treats until they get home.
  • Review trick-or-treating safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
  • Make sure Halloween costumes are flame-retardant and visible with retro-reflective material.

Trick-or-Treaters
  • Be bright at night – wear retro-reflective tape on costumes and treat buckets to improve visibility to motorists and others.
  • Wear disguises that don’t obstruct vision, and avoid facemasks. Instead, use nontoxic face paint. Also, watch the length of billowy costumes to help avoid tripping.
  • Ensure any props are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury from tripping or horseplay.
  • Carry a flashlight containing fresh batteries, and place it facedown in the treat bucket to free up one hand. Never shine it into the eyes of oncoming drivers.
  • Stay on sidewalks and avoid walking in streets if possible.
  • If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
  • Look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing the street.
  • Cross streets only at the corner, and never cross between parked vehicles or mid-block.
  • Trick-or-treat in a group if someone older cannot go with you.
  • Tell your parents where you are going.

Halloween Safety Tips Printable Flyer

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School Bus Safety

Check out the School Bus Safety video that we put together.

Please review the school bus safety tips below to ensure that all children get on and off the bus safely and get off at the correct bus stops.

  1. Please make sure that your student carries their bus transportation card with them in or on their backpack.  This will allow for your student, school staff and the bus drivers to help ensure that your student gets on the right bus and off at the right stop.  We would recommend your child carries this card with them for the entire school year.
  2. Consider taking the time to go over the bus transportation card with your child to help them be aware of what bus they are taking and the stop they need to get off on.
  3. If you cannot be at the bus stop before and after school consider speaking with your child about the importance of coming right home after school.  Often times police are contacted about missing children after school only to find out the child went to a park or to a friend’s house without notifying their parents first.
  4. If possible, consider getting to know some of the parents at your child’s bus stop so if they don’t come home after getting dropped off after school you may have an idea as to where they may have gone.
  5. Consider speaking with your kids about properly crossing the street in front of the bus.  Kids should be 10 feet or more in front of the bus when crossing, make eye contact with the driver and have the driver waive them across the street.  Children should also look both ways prior to crossing and should wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before entering and exiting the bus.
  6. During the first week students and bus drivers are still getting acclimated to their buses and routes.  Please keep this in mind as buses may run slightly behind schedule the first week or two of school.
  7. If your child’s bus has arrived and your child did not get off the bus you can contact your child’s school or the bus transportation division to see if your child got on a different bus or is still at school.  If you feel your child may be missing do not hesitate to call 911 so an officer may work with you to locate your child.  

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When to Call 9-1-1


9-1-1 is for Emergencies and To Request Police Officer Assistance 
Please call 9-1-1 if you have an emergency. In Brooklyn Center, 9-1-1 is also for Non-Emergency calls where a police officer’s assistance is needed. Dispatch service is provided for Brooklyn Center and many cities through Hennepin County. As a result, dispatchers may not be familiar with the City of Brooklyn Center. Therefore, it is important that you provide the necessary information when you call for assistance. 


Types of 9-1-1 Emergency Calls 
Emergencies include crimes that are in progress or about to happen (suspicious activities), or that have resulted in serious personal injury, property damage, or property loss, medical emergencies that require immediate response from trained medical personnel, and any reports of fire or smoke. By calling 9-1-1, you will be linked to the appropriate police as well as fire fighting, medical, and ambulance services. 


Types of 9-1-1 Non-Emergency Calls 
Many other situations may require police officer assistance, but are not emergencies. These items include dogs running loose, barking dogs, on-street parking violations, etc. Please dial 9-1-1 to report these situations. 


How to Call 9-1-1 
When you call 9-1-1 for an emergency or to request a police officer’s assistance, it is important to remain calm and be prepared to answer the dispatcher’s questions. It is very important to tell the dispatcher the following: 

1.If the situation is an “Emergency or Non-Emergency” 
2.Where the incidence is occurring 
3.What is occurring 
4.Who the people are involved 
5.When the occurrence happened 
6.If any Weapons are involved 
7.If you are working with any city departments or personnel and have been advised to call 
8.If the situation is a repeat call 
9.Any other item that will be helpful to the responding officer in approaching and assessing the situation. 

This information is important to help the dispatcher process your call and get the necessary assistance to you as quickly as possible. Please be patient with the dispatcher. Remember, your safety, as well as the safety of the responding officers, is a priority. 


General Information Calls 
If you have general questions and do not need an officer’s assistance, please call the Brooklyn Center Police Department at 763-569-3333. 


Suspicious Activity
What should you look for?

Brooklyn Center Police Officers are dispatched and respond to check out suspicious activities. It could be the call you make that will help direct officers to the right area to investigate and prevent a crime. Get to know your neighbors so that you confidently recognize if someone does not belong in your neighborhood.

Here are some examples of suspicious activity to report:
  • If a situation doesn’t seem right, it’s suspicious.
  • People in an area at an unusual time of day or night.
  • Non-residents going into the backyard or side area of a house
  • Someone seen looking into vehicles or house window areas.
  • Anyone seen tampering with doors, windows and locks.
  • Persons loitering around homes, schools, parks and business or utility areas
  • Kids out past curfew time and people in a business area or park after hours.
  • Vehicles moving slowly and following a course that is aimless or repetitive especially with their lights off.
  • High short-term traffic with possible drug activity.
  • Any sounds that would indicate an unusual noise, struggle, accident, vandalism, or loud explosive noise.
  • You believe life or property is in danger.

Tell your neighbors if they see suspicious activity or a person to call 9-1-1. If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to contact the Brooklyn Center Police Department at 9-1-1.   Thank you for your assistance. 



We Watch We Call Signs
The cost of each We Watch We Call sign is $10. They're available for purchase in person at our office:

6645 Humboldt Avenue North
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


All proceeds benefit the Brooklyn Center Crime Prevention Program.