Police launch new crime alert e-mail system

The Minneapolis Police Department has launched a new email alert system that helps residents get quicker, more localized crime updates.

The service asks participants to specify their precincts and neighborhoods, provide contact information, and note any involvement with local groups such as a block club or National Night Out committee.

According to an e-mail from Deputy Chief Rob Allen of the Patrol Bureau, the new system will narrow crime alerts to the neighborhood level and allow residents to receive certain types of reports such as business or home security.

Click here to sign up to receive updates. Those who are already signed up for e-mail alerts must re-subscribe to be part of the new system.

“After everyone has re-subscribed,” Allen wrote, “We will be able to determine which blocks in Minneapolis we will need to barnstorm for block leaders, crime prevention volunteers and general alert contacts.”