Burglars have entered first-story apartments through open or unlocked patio doors and taken laptops, cell phones, electronics and other small items.
The city is offering advice on its website to residents on how to avoid becoming a burglary target:
- Lock all doors and windows. Double check your locks before you leave home. Utilize a Charlie Bar, rod or other object to prevent manipulation of patio doors.
- Do not leave valuables unsecured. Keep them in a safe anchored to the floor, if possible. If management/tenants cannot utilize a safe, store your valuables in a hidden/hard to find place. Do not leave the above stated stolen items out in plain sight during an extended absence.
- Apartment property managers/owners leaving notices for tenants should slide them completely under the door so they are not visible to persons walking by in hallways. Do not leave them attached to apartment entry door or in door jambs.
- Apartment property managers/owners should check lighting and overall security of the property. For a premise survey of your property, contact Community Outreach Officer Ken Sysko at (952)924-2661.
- Apartment property managers/owners should establish an apartment monitoring program for tenants who will be away for an extended period of time. Have them inform you if anyone has access to the apartment during their absence.