BCA Logo

Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Minnesota Crime Watch

Minnesota Crime Watch works with law enforcement agencies to provide citizens with crime prevention information they can use to make their lives safer.

Law enforcement agencies that wish to receive crime prevention materials for their citizens or are seeking information on how to become a Certified Crime Prevention Specialist can contact the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association.​

Personal Safety Tips from Minnesota Crime Watch

In Your VehicleMcGruff Logo

  • Don't leave valuables in sight inside your car. Briefcases, sunglasses and other valuables should be locked in the trunk -- but not when onlookers can see you do it. Better yet, take your valuables with you.
  • Don't hide extra keys under your vehicle's hood or on the frame.
  • When you leave your vehicle, lock the doors and tailgate. Close windows and lock vent wings.
  • Have your key ready as you approach your vehicle. Check the back seat before getting in. Lock the doors after you get in.

In Your Home & Neighborhood

  • Mount deadbolt locks with a one-inch bolt on exterior doors.
  • Secure windows and doors while at home and away.
  • Establish a neighborhood watch group and report suspicious activity to law enforcement.
  • Be aware of your surroundings while walking or jogging. Make eye contact with people around you. Dress so you can walk or run easily to avoid attack.

Get more information and tips regarding specific crime prevention issues from the National Crime Prevention Council.