See suspicious activity? Call 911

There have been reports of burglaries in some city neighborhoods recently so now is a good reminder that the City of Minneapolis wants residents to call 911 to report any suspicious activity, crimes in progress and anytime folks need the police, fire, or ambulance to respond.

Residents are a neighborhood’s eyes and ears, and arrests often result from good witness information and quick calls to 911. It’s important for folks to call 911 if they think they see something suspicious.  Examples of suspicious activity could include sounds of glass breaking, an unfamiliar vehicle circling the block, suspected drug dealing, or an unfamiliar person carrying items from a house.

Tips for calling 911

When calling 911 folks should follow these guidelines:

When to call 911

There are many reasons to call 911 including:

When not to call 911

There are also many reasons not to call 911. Folks should avoid calling 911 to get directions, legal advice, or to find out if someone is in jail. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Jail Roster is available online at or by calling 612-348-5112. People should also not call 911 to report city issues that do not need police, fire, or an ambulance to respond. They should use the City of Minneapolis website or call 311.

Published Feb 6, 2013