Using the Incident Location Forms
About the forms used to identify where the incident took place.
Select from three Location forms. You can identify where the incident occurred as
- a specific address. (Example: 350 5th St S)
- an intersection (Example: Nicollet Ave/46th St W)
- a ‘landmark’ name selected from lists of well known locations (parks, places of worship, University of MN buildings) (Example: Park / Loring Park)
On the Select Location of Incident screen, choose the location type you will be using and press "Next>>".
Below are examples of the three ways to enter an incident location in a report. Loring Park will be the incident location used in the examples.
Loring Park is located at 1382 Willow Street. Enter part or all of the number, street name and direction and press "Next>>".
The system checks the address and returns a list of one or more valid addresses that match your entry.
Select the desired address and press "Next>>".
If the address you entered is not recognized, see "TIPS About Addresses…"
TIPS About Addresses…
Address searches can be tricky. Too much detail, too little detail, or a misspelling can cause the system to not recognize the address youve entered. If this happens, change the your entry by giving more or less address detail. Here are some examples:
- If you enter "1234 Main St N" but nothing comes back, leave off the direction or street type or both. Enter "1234 Main" in the address field and try again. You will get a list of all Minneapolis addresses that contain "1234 Main" to select from.
- You could also try a less specific number; enter "12 Main St". You’ll get a list of all the Minneapolis "Main St" addresses that start with "12". Select one.
- To narrow the search, add more information. For example, instead of "33 Lake" (that’ll get you 61 addresses that start with "33" and contain "Lake"). Use the full street number or the street type: ‘3311 Cedar Lake’ or ‘334 Lake St’ or ‘33 Diamond Lake Rd’.
- Don’t know the exact street name or how to spell it? Type in the street number but just the first letter or first few letters of the street name. This should bring up several address search results for you to select from.
- The Address Search Tips on the PropertyInfo website has additional information about City of Minneapolis addresses. When finished on that site, press your browser’s "<<Back" button to return to this page.
- Still having trouble with a specific address? Use the Intersection form instead of Address and enter the nearest cross streets to where the incident took place. You can provide the specific address as text later in the report on the Incident Details page.
When you don't have the exact address or the address you are using is not recognized by the system, identify the location using a nearby intersection. There are several intersections around Loring Park: 15 St W & Willow St, 14 St & Willow, Grant St & Willow. Use the intersection closest to where the incident you are reporting occurred.
Enter the two street names and press "Next>>".
The system verifies that they intersect and displays one or more possible matches.
Select the intersection that best matches your incident location and press "Next>>".
What if the street names I entered are not recognized as a valid intersection?
- Modify street names, types, or directionals as described in "TIPS About Addresses".
- In some cases, you will need to telephone the 311 Call Center and have an Agent take the report from you over the phone.
LANDMARKS & BUILDINGS
An easy way to select an incident location is by Landmark. Landmarks can be selected from several categories: Park, Sports Venue, University of Minnesota or Place of Worship. Click on the arrow in the "Type of Landmark" and select the Landmark type. If the site you want is not listed, use one of the other location entry options (Address or Intersection).
Then select the specific location from the Landmark/Building list and press "Next>>".
If you don’t see your incident location on this page, press the "<<Back" button and enter the location as an Address or Intersection.
Last updated Apr 11, 2012