Crime Alerts

Police Warn Residents of Phone Scams

Edina, Minn., Jan. 29, 2015 - The Edina Police Department has seen an increase in telephone scams and warns residents not to fall pray.   

In these calls, the scammer claims to be from Publishers Clearing House or another organization and tells the resident that he or she won a large sum of money. However, in order to collect the money, the resident has to wire a lump sum of money, typically through Moneygram or Western Union, to collect the winnings.  

“If it’s too good to be true, it probably is,” said Crime Prevention Specialist Molly Anderson. “If you receive a suspicious call like this, hang up. Never give money to anyone who says you’ve won a prize of any kind.”

Another common scam is the “Grandparent Scam.” A scammer calls a person and identifies himself or herself as the victim’s grandchild. The “grandchild” tells the victim that he’s had a major crisis and is in need of money quickly. The grandchild then asks that the money be wired to another country.

Use these tips to protect yourself from similar phone scams:

  • Be wary. Con artists are friendly, smooth talkers. Bank and law enforcement agencies do not conduct financial crime investigations by asking customers to withdraw cash from an account.
  • Verify Identity. Call the business or organization the caller is claiming to represent using a phone number you have found in the phone book or online.
  • Never give out personal information. Think twice about giving account numbers, Social Security numbers and/or any financial information. Those numbers are just like handing the scammer cash.
  • Trust your instinct. If something doesn’t sound right, it probably isn’t. Hang up and call the Edina Police Department to report the scam.

If you are a victim of the scam, contact the Edina Police Department, 952-826-1600, to report the crime. For more information on how to protect yourself, visit www.EdinaMN.gov/Police or call 952-826-1610. 


Lock up bicycle to prevent theft

Edina, Minn., July 25, 2014 —Since April 1, 29 bicycles have been stolen from properties primarily on the east side of Edina. While about a third of the bicycles were stolen from underground garages, the majority were stolen from single-family homes, and many of the garage doors were open at the time of the thefts.

“Residents should keep their garage doors closed and locked whether the family is in their yards or inside their homes,” said Crime Prevention Specialist Molly Anderson. “It’s also important to record the serial number of your bike, and remember to call 9-1-1 if you see anything suspicious.” 
Anderson also suggests the following:

  • Always lock your bike when leaving it unattended. Choose a locking system that cannot be easily cut, such as a U-shaped lock or a heavy-duty lock with a strong wire cable.
  • Always secure the bicycle's frame and both wheels to a stationary object, such as a post or a fence. It is not enough to secure only the front wheel, because then the rest of the bike can be easily stolen.
  • Record the serial number of the bicycle, so it can easily be identified if found.

For more information or crime prevention tips, visit www.EdinaMN.gov/Police or call Anderson at 952-826-0492.


Edina Police remind residents to remove valuables, lock vehicles
Edina Thefts from Vehicles Ahead of 2012

July 30, 2013 — Due to an increase in thefts from autos around the City, the Edina Police Department reminds residents to take preventive measures.

“Remember to remove all valuables from your vehicle -- including the garage door opener -- and lock your doors. Exterior garage lighting is a good idea, too,” said Crime Prevention Specialist Molly Anderson. “Don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1 if you see or hear anything suspicious.”

Thefts from autos have increased 55 percent from this time last year, with 33 residential thefts from autos reported between June 1 and July 28 this summer. Of those 33, 24 of the thefts involved unlocked or open vehicles. The loss for the 33 reported thefts totals more than $23,000.

Since the thefts aren’t isolated to one area, the Edina Police Department has increased overnight patrol to include more unmarked squads and bicycles throughout the City.

For more information, call Anderson at 952-826-1610 or visit www.EdinaMN.gov.

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