Police in metropolitan Minneapolis are warning residents about a marked increase in home burglaries and thefts from cars this summer, reports the Star Tribune. In Plymouth, police are sticking red and white “tickets” on cars to catch drivers’ attention about the rash of “car shopping,” or stealing electronics and other items from vehicles. In Champlin, officers are getting out of their cars more to patrol on foot. And in Golden Valley and Maple Grove, police patrolling neighborhoods are taking it a step further when they see garage doors left open at night, waking residents to help prevent thefts from happening.
“It’s a pretty marked increase,” Maple Grove Police Chief David Jess said about the rise in burglaries. “It’s kind of the crime of the summer.” Besides the northwest suburbs, Minnetonka, Edina, Eden Prairie and Hopkins police have also seen an increase in the number of burglaries from cars and homes in the last couple of months. In Brooklyn Center, thieves there are focusing on stealing video gaming systems, and police have seen a spike in garage thefts. In southwest Minneapolis, thieves have zeroed in on high-end bikes, stealing more than 1,000 bicycles since January — an increase of 12 percent from this time last year. But it’s in the suburbs where police are trying to reverse the mentality that good neighborhoods are immune from crime.