Police warn residents to be safe, alert
By Megan Hopps
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Champlin Police responded to a reported burglary in the 109th block of Timberline Circle Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 11:48 p.m.
“There have been others in that area over the last month or two, mostly in Maple Grove,” said Champlin Police Chief Dave Kolb.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the Maple Grove Police assisted and the area was searched by multiple patrol officers as well as a police K-9. A suspect was not located. This incident remains under investigation and no further details are being released at this time.
The Maple Grove Police Department has received ten reports of residential burglaries in the Boundary Creek and Eagle Lake neighborhoods.
Police said that in all five incidents, the suspect(s) entered the residences through unsecured doors and stole cash and purses.
In several incidents, the suspect(s) entered the residences by forcing entry through a rear door. Also, in most of these incidents there were signs that gave the impression that the home was unoccupied.
Champlin Police are asking residents to be aware of suspicious activity, vehicles and individuals, and also remind everyone to call 911 immediately.
The Champlin Police Department offers the following tips to residents:
• Keep doors locked and garage doors closed at all times. Higher security devices, such as deadbolts, are always recommended for all exterior doors.
• Make sure personal property inventory is current — record serial numbers, photograph jewelry and keep this record in a discreet place.
• Place some lights in the home on times. This way people always come home to an illuminated home and it gives the appearance that someone is home even if no one is.
• Leave a radio or TV on when not home. This introduces voices into your home and also gives the appearance that someone is home.
• If people park extra vehicles in the driveway be sure to remove garage door openers from those vehicles. On occasion, individuals will enter vehicles in driveways in order to obtain garage door openers to then gain access to a home.
• Work with neighbors to ensure that garbage cans are put away, mail is collected and driveways are shoveled or yards mowed to give the appearance that someone is home especially if the home is going to be unoccupied for an extended period of time.
Contact Megan Hopps at [email protected]