The Lowry bridge over the Mississippi river in Minneapolis, MN. Photo by Joshua Skovlund/Coffee or Die.
Due to rising crime rates, last week the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) sent letters to residents within Minneapolis’ 3rd Precinct warning them to “be prepared to give up your cell phone and purse or wallet.”
The 3rd precinct sustained 100 robberies and 20 carjackings during the month of July, according to the letter.
The MPD Crime Data site shows 490 violent crimes and 1,951 property crimes within Minneapolis during July 2019. During that same timeframe this year, there have been 657 violent crimes and 1,908 property crimes. According to the site, property crime has decreased by 2.2.% in July 2020 while violent crime has increased by 34.1%.
The full list of tips to prevent robberies and car thefts stated in the letter are:
Robbery prevention tips
Carjacking prevention tips
The Minneapolis Police Department did not respond to requests for further comment.
The uptick in violent crime has been continuously increasing since the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. This latest warning from MPD comes shortly after the full-body camera footage of the incident was leaked by the Daily Mail Monday.
Joshua Skovlund is a former staff writer for Coffee or Die. He has covered the 75th anniversary of D-Day in France, multinational military exercises in Germany, and civil unrest during the 2020 riots in Minneapolis. Born and raised in small-town South Dakota, he grew up playing football and soccer before serving as a forward observer in the US Army. After leaving the service, he worked as a personal trainer while earning his paramedic license. After five years as in paramedicine, he transitioned to a career in multimedia journalism. Joshua is married with two children. His creative outlets include Skovlund Photography and Concentrated Emotion.
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