The St. Louis Park Police Department is committed to an active partnership with out community as we work together to solve problems and prevent crime.
Below are some crime prevention resources from the St. Louis Park Police Department. For additional information, contact the department at 952.924.2661.
Home safety and security
- Home security
- Home security checklist
- Prevent garage burglaries
- Questions to ask before buying a home burglar alarm
- Home safety: How to prevent a burglary
Personal safety and crime prevention
- Personal safety
- Child safety
- Prevent identity theft
- After school safety
- Back to school safety
- Social networking and internet safety
- Mail theft prevention
- Prevent auto theft
Business crime prevention
Crime Prevention Fund
The St. Louis Park Crime Prevention Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation completely supported by voluntary contributions. It supports many community outreach programs, including neighborhood watch, National Night Out, Children First, Cops Connect with Kids Program, summer youth safety camp and Citizens' Police Academy. It also provides a crime tip line that offers 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.
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. Neighborhood Watch block captains help maintain the safety and well-being of their neighborhood by coordinating neighborhood watch activities for their block.
The St. Louis Park Police Department collaborates with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota to provide multiple ways to share and report crime tips. The nonprofit group is designed to serve as a separate and independent organization from law enforcement for the purpose of gathering information about crimes that may not otherwise be available to authorities, but can help to solve crimes. These can be useful in preventing crime and addressing unsolved cases.
Crime Stoppers is:
- Free: There is no cost to share or report information.
- Anonymous: Crime Stoppers will not ask for your name, and conversations are not recorded.
- Confidential: Crime Stoppers does not record phone numbers, email addresses, IP addresses or other information.
- Accessible: Report information 24 hours a day, seven days a week via phone, text message or online.
For more information, including tip eligibility and rewards (up to $1,000 in some cases), visit Crime Stoppers of Minnesota or call 1.800.222.8477.
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.
- 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.