Neighborhood Watch Block Captains
Neighborhood Watch is a voluntary program aimed at reducing your likelihood of becoming a crime victim. It works by teaching simple, yet proven crime prevention techniques and by building relationships between neighbors and the St. Louis Park Police Department.
Block captains help maintain the safety and well-being of their neighborhood by coordinating Neighborhood Watch activities for their block. These activities include:
- Serving as liaison between the block and the Police Department.
- Organizing their block's annual National Night Out block party.
- Hosting crime prevention meetings.
- Distributing newsletters and crime alerts.
- Attending the annual block captains' meeting.
In exchange for their service, block captains report an increased sense of neighborhood pride and improved relationships. If you would like to volunteer to be a block captain or want more information, call Community Outreach Officer Alex Draeger at 952.924.2661. Neighborhood Watch Block Captain Application
Block captains must be St. Louis Park residents and at least 18 years old.
Crime Prevention Fund
The St. Louis Park Crime Prevention Fund is a private, nonprofit corporation completely supported by voluntary contributions. It supports many community outreach programs including Neighborhood Watch and National Night Out. It also provides a crime tip line which pays cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of people who commit crimes. The St. Louis Park Crime Tip Line is 952.924.2165.
Safety Handouts (PDF Files)
Below are some crime prevention tips from the St. Louis Park Police Department. For additional information, contact the department at 952.924.2661.
- Home Security
- Child Safety
- Home Security Checklist
- Personal Safety Tips
- Prevent Identity Theft
- Prevent Theft from Auto
- Prevent Business Burglaries
- Prevent Garage Burglaries
- After School Safety Tips
- Back to School Safety
- Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home Burglar Alarm
- Social Networking and Internet Safety Tips
- Mail Theft Prevention Tips
In the following video Home Safety: How to Prevent a Burglary, a burglar talks about how to make your home less likely to be targeted for a break-in.
Be Aware of Scams
The St. Louis Park Police Department wants residents to be aware of various scams that are designed to swindle money and/or personal information. These can include lottery scams — in which people receive phony notices indicating they have won a sum of money — or other similar scam letters, which are often sent by email.
Scams can also be perpetrated by businesses when they offer various products and services. Here are some tips from the Police Department to avoid being the victim of a scam:
- Do your homework when hiring a contractor, auto repair shop or other service. Contact the Better Business Bureau for information and ask for references from the company or facility representative.
- Talk with family, friends and neighbors about who they recommend for your specific need. Past experience shows this is a good way to locate a reputable contractor and/or repair facility.
- Retain trusted contractor and/or repair facility information for future reference.
- Be aware of door-to-door solicitors and contractors/handymen selling their services. Some may be legit; others may not. Solicitors need to obtain a license to sell door-to-door in the city of St. Louis Park.
- If unsure about recommended work, get a second opinion from another contractor and/or repair facility. You have that right as a consumer.
- Read through contracts and have the person you are dealing with explain it thoroughly if you do not understand it before signing.
- Never give cash as a down payment or to pay for the completed work. Paying by check or credit card will give you a running record of payment. Be wary of companies who do not accept anything for payment but cash.
- Visit the MN State Attorney General’s Office website and the MN Department of Public Safety website for further information on lottery scams.
- Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
If you believe you were the victim of a scam, call the Police Department's non-emergency line at 952.924.2618.