The Twin Cities (with a population of over 2.3 million people), like all major metropolitan areas, has crime no matter what part of the city you live in. One of Live Green Apartments goals is to provide safe and secure buildings. A lot of personal safety and security comes through prevention techniques. Here are some crime prevention tips to help reduce the likelihood that you are a victim of crime.
- The entry doors are locked at all times for your safety. The presence of controlled entries in no way indicates, implies, or suggests that the buildings are entirely secure.
- If you ever see or hear anything suspicious, contact the police right away (651-291-1111 or 911).
- Do not prop the entrance doors open.
- If your building has an entry code system, do not give it out to visitors. Meet your visitors at the door.
- If your building has an entry buzzer, don’t buzz strangers in.
- Make sure the door closes behind you. If you ever notice an entrance door not working correctly please contact our office immediately.
- Always lock your apartment and take your keys with you when you leave your apartment, even for short periods of time.
- Get to know your neighbors. We periodically host building club meetings to provide residents an opportunity to meet their neighbors.
- Get renters insurance before you move into your apartment so if something gets stolen as you are moving in you are covered.
- Keep your bike locked.
- Keep a list of all your credit cards and serial numbers of expensive items in case they are stolen.
- Put a password on your computer and back up important computer data to an online cloud service.
- Keep your floor clutter free and do not leave personal items in the main hallway. This will make it easier for you to exit your apartment and everyone to exit the buildings if there is smoke present.
- If you smell or see smoke or fire, immediately call 911, then call management staff.
- Do not leave anything attended on your stove. Unattended cooking is the number one cause of residential fires.
- Do not use extension cords or multi-plugs. Only power strips are allowed.
- Check your smoke detector monthly by pressing the button. If you don’t hear it beep, replace the battery. If this is not successful, please call staff. Residents are responsible for testing and maintaining the smoke detector batteries. Management is responsible for replacing broken smoke detectors.
- Limit your use of candles and incense sticks. These items are known to cause to fires. If you use any candles or incense sticks make sure they are on an appropriate device that can catch all the wax and/or ashes and never leave them unattended.
- Keep any portable heaters at least three feet away from other materials.
- Don't use water to put out a grease fire ... smother it with a pan lid or use a fire extinguisher.
- If you hear the building fire alarm, exit the building immediately.
- Always lock your car doors even if you are just running a quick errand.
- Never leave your car running.
- Do not leave any valuables in your car. If you do have something of value in your car make sure it is out of site.
In The Neighborhood
- Stay on populated, well-lit streets. Avoid shrubbery, dark areas near buildings and other places an attacker might hide. Avoid shortcuts through alleys, vacant lots and other deserted places. When possible, avoid walking or jogging alone - even during the day.
- Look around as you walk and be aware of you or surroundings. Make it difficult for anyone to take you by surprise. Walk confidently at a steady pace.
- Avoid secluded or deserted areas and businesses (laundromats, phone booths, etc.).
- Carry something that can make a loud noise that can scare off possible attackers.
- If using public transportation, sit near the driver.
- When using a taxi, ask the driver to wait and watch until you are safely inside your destination.
- When you have guests visiting from out of town, take time to inform them about these safety tips.
Crime Free Documents
- Crime Prevention 101
- Guidelines for Reporting Suspicious Activity
- Describe the Suspect Form
- Describe the Vehicle Form
- Self Defense Tips
- "ICE" Your Cell Phone
- Personal Property Inventory
- List of some places in St.Paul that offer self defense classes
- Information about Pan Handling
More information and tips are located on the City of Saint Paul’s police department's website:
- sign up to receive time sensitive information and emergency notices at Code Red (http://www.stpaul.gov/CodeRED)
- crime statistics (http://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=674)
- crime prevention tips (http://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=2262)
- the Western District holds a monthly community meeting at 9:30am and 6:30pm at 389 N. Hamline Ave on the 3rd Tuesday of each month
- interactive map of reported crime in St.Paul, provided by the Pioneer Press
The Department of Corrections has information about offenders and tips: