Crime Prevention

090611-burglaryThis past Labor Day weekend the Rogers Police Department received three reports of attempted or actual burglaries.

The first burglary occurred early Saturday morning at Dunn Brothers Coffee. Forced entry was made and no items or money was taken.

The second burglary occurred on Sunday morning between 9:30am and 2:00pm at a residence on Jessica Drive. Forced entry was made and approximately $1,400 in electronics and jewelry were taken.

A third attempted burglary occurred sometime between Friday evening and Monday evening at a residence on Willandale Road. Suspect(s) used forced to attempt an entry; however, the alarm system scared them away.

All three cases are being jointly investigated by the Rogers Police Department and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.  If you have any information regarding any of these burglaries' please contact the Rogers Police Department at 763-428-3450.

Burglary Prevention Tips

  1. Organize a Neighborhood Watch program to protect your neighborhood. An alert community is a safe community.
  2. Document all valuable by utilizing the Rogers Police Department Home Inventory form. This form allows you to document the brand, model, description, and serial number of any valuables. This information is valuable to law enforcement in the event the item is stolen.
  3. Keep all doors and windows closed and securely fastened. An open window or door is an open invitation for burglars. Thieves are also quick to spot weak locks that may be easily forced open. Doors should have deadbolt locks with a one inch throw and reinforced strike plate with three inch screws. All windows should have window locks.
  4. Secure sliding glass doors by placing a metal rod or a wooden dowel rod in the track and install vertical bolts. This will help prevent burglars from forcing the door open or lifting it off the track.
  5. Always lock the door to an attached garage. Don't rely on your automatic garage door opener for security.
  6. Create the illusion that you are home by using timers on lights, radios and TV's. Make your residence appear occupied, even when no one is home, to help deter criminals.
  7. Keep the perimeter of your home well lit. Installing low voltage outdoor lighting is a cost-effective way to discourage intruders as well as highlight a house.
  8.  Never leave clues that you are away on a trip. Have a trusted neighbor collect mail and newspapers while you are away so delivered items do not accumulate. You can also ask a neighbor to park in your driveway or parking place to make it appear that you are present.
  9. Keep some shades and blinds up and curtains open to maintain a normal, everyday appearance in your residence.
  10. Never leave a message on your telephone answering machine telling people that you are away from home. A message that you will return at a certain time leaves your home vulnerable in the interim.
  11. Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways. Large and ornate hedges may be beautiful but they also provide a hiding place for burglars who need only a minute to break in through a window or door.