Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention reduces the opportunity for crime, helps people understand fear of crime vs. reality of crime, and increases neighborhood livability. 



Host a Block Meeting:

Neighbors who live in an apartment building or across the street or alley from each other, usually on one block, who:

  • Work together to be alert and watch out for each other.
  • Call 911 when they see suspicious activity or crimes in progress.
  • Work to solve problems and deal with issues.
  • What are the benefits of organizing a block or apartment club?
  • Working as a team, neighbors can deter crime and improve the quality of life on their block or in their building.
  • Leaders receive "Action Alert" emails summarizing significant crime incidents on or near their block.
  • MPD Crime Prevention Specialist provides regular information about crime in your neighborhood to block and apartment clubs.



Organize for National Night Out:

National Night Out is an annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, holding block parties and getting to know their neighbors as a way to encourage crime prevention. It's a great way to promote community-police partnerships and enjoy a Minnesota summer evening surrounded by friends and family. The event is held annually on the first Tuesday evening every August.

For help connecting with neighbors or obtaining a block permit, contact Alicia D. Smith at [email protected] or 612-724-7457 or contact Karen Notsch at [email protected] or 612-673-2856.



Sign Up for MPD's Crime Alerts:

The Minneapolis Police Department issues a Crime Alert when we notice a crime pattern. The crime pattern may be specific to geographic area, a time period, or specific method of crime. Sometimes, MPD issues Police Advisory flyers to the public for less serious, yet important crime prevention information. Sign up for MPD Crime Alerts here.


Contact Crime Prevention Specialist:

Crime Prevention Specialists (CPS) works with residents, neighborhood organizations and businesses to: recruit and train block leaders to get block clubs started; maintain block clubs; present safety and neighborhood livability information to the public; publish and distribute crime alerts; promote National Night Out; resolve complaints about problem properties; and, respond to crime trends.

MPD's Crime Prevention Specialist for Corcoran neighborhood is Karen Notsch. Contact Karen at [email protected] or 612-673-2856.

Free Home Security Check from Minneapolis Police Department
Reduce the opportunity for your home to be vulnerable to forced entry by scheduling a FREE Home Security Check offered by the Minneapolis Police Department SAFE Unit. For more information on home security checks and crime prevention, contact Crime Prevention Specialist Karen Notsch (612-673-2856; [email protected]) or for assistance in Spanish contact: John Reed (612/673-5579; [email protected]).

Graffiti Abatement

Graffiti is more than petty vandalism. Please cover or report gang markings to 3-1-1 swiftly, to help deter gang activity and keep our neighborhood safe. The City of Minneapolis requires graffiti to be removed within 10 days. Remove graffiti with free products available at Minneapolis Fire Stations. Find out more services and tactics at the City of Minneapolis’s website.

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.