Tire, rim thefts prompt warning in Minneapolis

11:51 AM, Sep 20, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Six thefts of vehicle tires and rims have been reported in three Minneapolis neighborhoods since late August, according to the Minneapolis Police Department.

Most of the vehicles were SUVs or trucks, but two sedan cars were also targeted. Two vehicles were left on blocks. There is no suspect information at this time, police said.

Morris Park, Wenonah and the Page neighborhoods are where the incidents have occurred. There was also a similar incident in Northrop in July, police said.

The latest theft occurred on the 5500 block of 43rd Avenue South in Morris Park sometime between Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. and Wednesday at about 1 p.m., police said.

Police advise residents to park in a locked garage if possible. A well-lit and easily viewed area is a good alternative. They also said to be alert for the sound of vehicle theft-protection alarms.

Residents should also consult your mechanic, auto parts store and the Internet regarding theft-prevention devices such as tire locks, rim locks, lug nuts or a tilt-alarm that lets you know when your car is being lifted.

An organized block is the best defense against crime, police said.

If your block does not have a block club, consider becoming a block or apartment building leader. A training session will be available on Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the 3rd Precinct Police stationhouse, 3000 Minnehaha Ave. S. Another training is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 15, same time and place.

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