Brooklyn Center’s Crime Prevention Specialist Shares Insights on Community Safety
Kris Stein, the city’s new crime prevention specialist, is bringing a fresh approach to tackling crime in Brooklyn Center.
With a focus on education and community engagement, Stein looks to enhance public safety and foster a stronger relationship between the community and law enforcement.
Proactive Approach to Crime Prevention
Stein, who stepped into the role in August, emphasized the importance of education in crime prevention.
“It’s about getting a connection with the community,” he said, highlighting the use of social media, neighborhood watch programs, and community events as key tools in his strategy.
Tackling Auto Thefts and Shoplifting
Stein points out that auto thefts and shoplifting are currently prevalent in the area, particularly in commercial zones.
He urges residents to be vigilant, especially during colder months when car thefts increase due to people leaving their vehicles running and unattended.
“Don’t leave your car running or unattended,” Stein advises, also recommending the use of steering wheel locks as an additional security measure.
Advice on Package Theft
With the rise in online shopping, package theft has become a big concern for many residents.
Stein suggests practical measures like ensuring someone is home to receive deliveries, having packages delivered to workplaces, or arranging for neighbors or family members to collect them.
He also recommends using a lock for mailboxes to enhance security.
Engaging the Community in Crime Prevention
Stein strongly advocates for community involvement in crime prevention.
He encourages residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.
“People in the neighborhood know who belongs and what’s suspicious,” he said, emphasizing the role of community awareness in supporting police efforts.
Stein encourages residents to contact the Brooklyn Center Police Department with any questions or concerns.