A: By far one of the most common crimes in Elk River is theft. Many of those thefts were preventable. With warmer weather comes an increase in night time thefts from vehicles left parked in driveways or on the street. Toys and bikes left in yards, or items from unsecure garages are also frequent targets. Thieves will walk from house to house in a neighborhood trying the door handles of cars left parked outside. They will steal anything of value. Prime targets are GPS devices, lap top computers, cell phones, purses, CD’s, and cash or change. Some thieves even enter unlocked garages. Always lock your cars and your garages. Never leave your keys in your vehicle. Remove or at least hide from sight anything of value. Never leave anything of value in your car when running into a business; not even for a minute. Immediately report any suspicious activity to the police including curfew violations and persons looking in cars, or loitering in parking lots or neighborhoods. If an activity makes you suspicious, please call when it is occurring.
You may notice an increase in police bike team members in your neighborhood this summer. Don’t be surprised if an informational brochure is left at your house identifying ways you can better secure your property and avoid becoming an easy target for theft. –Elk River Police Chief Brad Rolfe