Resources for reducing crime in your neighborhood.

For emergencies and crimes in progress, call 911.
For non-emergencies, call 651-291-1111.

Reporting Suspicious Activity

Reporting guidelines from the Saint Paul Police Department:

The police cannot function effectively without the assistance of responsible citizens. We need your help in reporting suspicious activity. Some people fail to call because they are not aware of what is considered suspicious. Others notice suspicious activity and assume someone else will call. Still, others fail to call because they feel it may not be important enough or they are bothering the police.

We encourage everyone to call police IMMEDIATELY if they feel a situation or a circumstance is suspicious. DO NOT think you are bothering the police; this is why we are here! DO NOT be embarrassed if your suspicions prove unfounded. If police question someone who has legitimate reason to be where they are, they and the neighbors will be thankful that you are watching out for them and their property – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.

IF IN DOUBT, CALL! It is better to err on the side of safety rather than regret having not called after an incident occurs.

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Western District Police Department Community Meeting

All are welcome to attend this informative community meeting for input and questions about crime and crime prevention matters. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Western District Police Headquarters, located at 389 N. Hamline Avenue, across from Super Target. There is a parking lot on the south side of the building.

Crime Prevention Resources from the SPPD

Crime Victim Hotline:

612-340-5400 – A 24 hour confidential crime victim hotline that is answered by skilled and dedicated advocates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to inform victims of their legal rights as victims and refer them to appropriate services.

Personal Property Inventory:

The Saint Paul Police Department strongly recommends that you record the serial and model number of each item of value in your home and garage. Keep a copy in a safe place other than your home, along with any pictures of the items for insurance purposes. Items that are commonly recorded include: TVs, guns, bicycles, computers, power tools, lawn mowers, watches, snow blowers, etc. Download the personal property inventory (Word doc.) to record this important information. In the event that any of these items get stolen, having the serial numbers on file will make the chance of recovery greater.

House Watch:

A reserve officer, as well as police officers, will patrol by the homes of residents who are on vacation. The program is free of charge and is available for either long or short-term absences. To participate in the program residents need to call the Western, Central, or Eastern District Office. Give the dates(s) of leaving and returning. If a neighbor or someone else will be entering your home while you are away to water plants, feed the cat, etc., have them come into your home at the same time each day. This program benefits not only the resident, but also the entire block because there will be an increase of police visibility. Call the Western District Police Department (651) 266-5485 for more information. View a Vacation Watch flyer here.

Premise Checks:

A reserve officer will provide your residence with a security premise evaluation. The program is free of charge and all suggestions are left up to you to decide if you want to improve your locks, lighting, etc. There is no sales pitch or product advocacy made. The reserve officer discusses lighting, locks, security systems, windows, etc. Some insurance companies provide premium discounts to residents participating in the security audit. Call the Western District Police Department (651) 266-5485 for more information.

Block Ambassador Program

One of the greatest tools to reduce crime is neighbors knowing neighbors! Visit our Block Ambassador Program page to learn more about getting a group started, or joining a group on your block.