From Captain Jay Lengfeld, North District Police

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Winter is over and spring is here.

Many of us will be spending hours outside enjoying the warmer weather and doing spring cleanup. It is also the time of year we start to see an increase in property crimes like theft. When you are working in the backyard, make sure your front door is locked and your garage door is closed. It doesn’t take long for someone to walk into your house or garage and steal something from you. I know it’s sad that we have to do this, but many property crimes are crimes of opportunity.

If you see suspicious people or activities in your neighborhood, call us right away. You are our eyes and ears in your neighborhood and we want you to call.

The North Police District has been fortunate to have a master gardener volunteering his time to improve our gardens. His name is Skip and he has planted hundreds of plants and bulbs around the district station over the last couple of years. If you are in the neighborhood, drive by and take a look at his work. Our staff loves it.

One of our goals is to build relationships with the community and continue to do outreach. Every officer is a liaison to at least one neighborhood, business, park or school. Their job is to build a relationship and be a resource for the entity.

I hope everybody has a safe and fun spring.