OCL aims to provide helpful resources to enable students to have a successful experience living and renting off-campus and we recognize that many students living off-campus are living in Minneapolis neighborhoods, under the patrol of the Minneapolis Police Department, and may need assistance understanding off-campus safety resources.
Below we reiterate some basic safety information and prevention tips, while also offering guidance on how to sign up for Minneapolis PD crime alerts and updates, based on what neighborhoods you are interested in, as well as how to find and review Minneapolis PD crime data. We want to help you to be a good advocate for yourself and your personal safety, as well as respectful to our Public Safety partners who do so much for our community.
The Minneapolis Police Crime Maps can be a good resource for you in seeing what crime has been occurring and informing your choices about where you want to rent and what to be aware of for where you do rent. Some things to help you use the maps to find the data you are looking for:
Read through the definitions of all the acronyms they use on the crime map to understand what you are seeing.
To sign up for Minneapolis crime alerts for your neighborhood, follow the instructions on the Minneapolis Precinct Finder page.
Previously, we used to share summaries of Minneapolis Police crime data in our GopherWatch Safety Report. We are not able to provide that service at this time. We encourage you to search the crime map directly yourself to help utilize this great resource provided by the City of Minneapolis.
The St. Paul Crime Statistics page can be a good resource for you in seeing what crime has been occurring and informing your choices about where you want to rent and what to be aware of for where you do rent.
To sign up for St. Paul crime alerts, please follow the instructions about their community update process.
- Hide Your Valuables
Keep your laptop, purse, wallet, briefcase, etc. attended or out of sight.
- Walk ‘Cheaply’
Carry the minimum amount of valuables
- Activate Your Phone
Be sure your phone's location services is activated, so police can attempt to recover it if stolen.
- Walk Aware
If walking alone, avoid distractions—phones, ear buds, etc.
- Walk Safe
Walk in groups and choose well lit routes.
- Lock the Door
Lock your living and work areas every time you leave and when you are home too.
- Keep Doors Closed
Do not prop open entrances to buildings.
- See the Blue
Note the campus blue emergency phones, which connect you with the UMPD at the touch of a button.
- Enter Alone
Don’t let strangers ‘tailgate’ behind you into your building.
- Write It Down
Write down your bike’s serial number for matching in case of theft.
- Keep Your Bike Lit
Park your bike in a well-traveled, well-lit area.
(all safety tips provided are SAFE U safety tips. For more click here)
If you are in the vicinity of an emergency, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.
This the most important thing to know. If someone's safety is in danger or you think it is, call 911. When in doubt, call 911. Be ready to provide your current location and a suspect description if necessary.
But if you are in a non emergency situation, you can contact:
Other great safety resources can be…
When traveling or vacationing away from home: