Crime Stoppers MN has
changed it's phone number for the public to call in tips on crime in
Minnesota. The new Phone number is 1-800-222-TIPS and is answered 24
hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year. There is also an
option to submit tips via the internet. As before, every tip
Crime Stoppers receives gets forwarded to the appropriate Law
Enforcement agency. People providing tips can remain anonymous
and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000.00 paid by Crime
Stoppers for any tip that results in an arrest.
Lakes Area and Wyoming Police Departments cite 85 motorists during
July Speed Enforcement
Lakes Area, Minn. — Throughout July Chisago Lakes Area
law enforcement agencies/Lindstrom, Wyoming and Isanti officers
conducted enhanced speed patrols and cited 85 motorists traveling at
illegal speeds during a statewide Safe & Sober
time you get behind the wheel put safety first — travel at the
posted speed limit and reduce your risk for a crash,” says Chief
Stenson of the Lakes Area Police Department
is the most commonly reported factor in fatal crashes. Each year in
Minnesota, speed contributes to about 150 traffic deaths and 7,000
injuries. In the three-year period 2006–2008 in Minnesota, speed
contributed to nearly 400 fatalities statewide — resulting in an
economic impact of more than $454 million.
Chisago County, a typical 10 mph over the limit speeding ticket can
cost $ 120.
July Isanti, Wyoming and Lakes Area police Departments teamed up and
worked together on the enforcement wave.
Safe & Sober effort is coordinated by the Department of
Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. The campaign is a component
of the state’s Toward Zero Death initiative (TZD).
TZD is a multi-agency approach to address traffic issues
regionally through enforcement, education, engineering and emergency
trauma care and response.
Safety: Excerpts from an article by Dave
Ambers, Chisago County Press
what parents can do to protect their children, all agreed that the
most important thing is to educate kids about the dangers. Parents
should be open with their kids about the dangers and make the
youngsters feel it's okay to tell them when they come across
questionable material when accessing the internet.
to the officers, when youth are asked why they didn't tell their
parents about objectionable, inappropriate or illegal information on
the net, they usually say something like, "I was afraid I'd get
banned from the internet or get grounded."
steps parents can take include the following:Detective
Martin made a statement that summarized the group's feelings at the
conclusion of the meeting. He said, "Parents are often way too naive
about what their kids are doing and seeing on the internet.
1) Keep the
computer in a common area - NEVER let your child have access in
2) Browse the internet history frequently - find
out what sites they've been using.
3) Limit the times of the day
that kids can be on the internet.
4) Install some kind of
filtering software - filters can be set up to limit hours of use,
limit access to age appropriate websites or record everything your
child views or hears on the web.
5) Use internet safety websites
like NetSmartz.org, SafeKids.com, SafetyEd.org and GetNetWise.org
Keep your eyes and ears open to find out when the next internet
safety forum will be scheduled - look for a meeting in the fall.
You'll be glad you went!
Home owner safety
tip: During summer vacations set light on a light timer, but set
the lights in different rooms to come on and go off at different
times not all at the same time. Have a trusted neighbor collect the
Safety Tips for Halloween:
- Attach retro-reflective tape, fabric, or decorative patches
to costumes and
- Review basic pedestrian safety rules, including where and
how to cross streets.
- Teach kids never to dart into the street — one of the
most common causes of pedestrian deaths among children.
- Drivers should be particularly alert on Halloween and watch
for children crossing streets, alleys and driveways.
- Use face paint or
cosmetics instead of a mask.
- Make costumes short
enough to prevent tripping.
- Advise children not to
cut across yards where tripping hazards may be obscured by
Theft: Every year dozens of bikes are stolen in Chisago City
and Lindstrom. Most of them are recovered, yet because of a
lack of proper identification, only a small percentage are ever
returned to their owners. Here are some things that you can do
to help prevent bike theft and recover your bike if it is
- Always lock a bike that's left unattended, even
for just a minute, even if it's in a fenced yard and especially on
a car bike carrier rack.
- Be sure to lock the bike to something stationary,
preferably where it can be seen by you and others (in
Minneapolis it is illegal to lock bikes to any city sign or
- A quality U-lock is the best locking device you
can buy. Avoid locks, chains or cables that can easily be
cut, broken or picked.
- Make sure both wheels are locked, either by
removing on and U-locking it with the other and the frame or by
using an auxiliary lock on one. You can also purchase
devices that replace the cam and the lever on quick-release wheels
and seats with a keyed system.
- Remove any components and accessories, including
tire pump, seat or bags that can easily be taken.
- If you keep your bike in a garage, make sure that
the garage is properly secured. You can call the Lakes Area
Police Department to get more information on garage
security. Lock your bike inside the garage by the same
techniques as listed above.
- If someone attempts to rob you of your bike,
don't resist. Your life is more valuable than your
- Register/license your bike. It costs only
$10.00 for three years and can be done at any Minnesota motor
vehicle deputy registrar's office.
- Filling out an application will require the
following information: bicycle brand name, serial number, wheel
size (it's in your manual or on the side of the wheel),
frame type (men's, women's, tandem), number of speeds,
purchase date, owner's full name, address and date of birth.
Sales receipt or proof purchase is not required, however, it will
be noted on the record that no proof of ownership was available at
the time of the registration. If you have any questions
about registering/licensing your bike, call Bicycle Registration
at 651-296-7051 (Downtown St. Paul) or the Chisago City
License Bureau at 651-257-6578.
Additional ways of identifying you bike
- Operation Identification (OPID), a 13 digit
number assigned to you to mark you valuables and make it easier
for police to trace stolen merchandise. You can obtain an
OPID number free from the Lakes Area Police or by calling
652-257-0622. Put the number on an inconspicuous part of
the frame and on accessories with an engraving device.
- Keep a copy of your bicycle's receipt of
- Record it's make, mode, serial number and any
- Take a color photo of the bike.
- List the bike on your homeowner's or renter's
- Write your OPID number or name, address and
phone number on a piece of paper and put the paper inside the
seat post, seat tube or handlebar stem in case all other ID is
removed from the bike by a thief.