Crime prevention workshops in Uptown and Windom

A neighborhood garage will host a burglary prevention workshop sponsored by Uptown neighborhoods on Thursday, June 16.

Residents will learn how to secure windows and doors, where to place lights on a home, and which are the best locks to use. Officials will also point out vulnerabilities to homes during a walking tour to Lake Calhoun and back. The workshop runs from 6:30-8 p.m. and begins at the garage of 3144 Irving Ave. S.

The Uptown neighborhood groups highlight that last year, burglary or theft accounted for 82 percent of Part 1 crime in Southwest Minneapolis’ 5th Precinct. Part 1 refers to a collection of certain serious crime categories.

In Windom, a safety meeting and workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15 from 7-8 p.m. at Richfield Lutheran Church, 8 W. 60th St. Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Waisanen will speak about how to prevent and respond to crime in the neighborhood.

Rape incidents have doubled year-to-date in the 5th Precinct, with 23 reported as of May 30 and 10 reported at this time last year.

Of those incidents, Insp. Todd Loining said in late May that 13 involved acquaintances. Fourteen took place inside a residence or business, at least three took place at a shelter or group home, and one took place at a high school. Some incidents have involved women walking at night, he said.

Loining said he is asking officers to increasingly watch for opportunities to offer medical aid or rides home when necessary. Off-duty officers working at bars are also ensuring security plans are in place, he said.