The St. Louis Park Police Department has an online community crime map that allows residents to stay informed about crime in the community. Residents can use it to:
- View crime/incidents in their area, including type of crime, location, block-level, address, date and time.
- Sign up for neighborhood watch reports that automatically email a breakdown of recent crime activity.
- Submit an anonymous tip about a crime directly to the police.
The community crime map automatically syncs with the police department’s records system to keep crime information updated. A mobile app is available for free from the App Store. Search for LexisNexis Community Crime Map.
Important things to keep in mind
- Pin points on the crime map are near where the crime occurred but not the exact address.
- Only reported incidents are represented on the map. Not all crime and other incidents are reported to police.
- Not all incidents are crimes, and many incidents do not generate a police report. Quality of life issues such as noise, animal complaints and parking/driving complaints are not typically criminal in nature and may not generate a police report.
- Statistics can be misleading. Comparing data in different areas to decide which area is safer is difficult. Some areas contain higher density housing and/or commercial properties that may generate higher volumes of incidents/crimes than lower density housing with little or no commercial properties.
- No one can predict solely on the basis of past data exactly where crime will occur in the future.
- Although people tend to be most fearful of crimes committed by strangers, many reported crimes are committed by friends, acquaintances and family members.
- What feels safe is different for everyone. Do not rely on statistics alone when selecting a new place to live. Visit the area at different times of the day to see what it’s like. Talk to neighbors and businesses in the area. Find out if there is an active neighborhood association and contact the neighborhood leader on the neighborhoods page.
- St. Louis Park continues to be a safe, secure community with relatively low crime rates. The city promotes proactive, community-oriented policing and partnership building to help identify and solve problems before they become serious crimes.