Jordan neighborhood reports no uptick in crimeby Rupa Shenoy, Minnesota Public Radio
Minneapolis — Minneapolis police are warning residents in areas hit by this weekend's tornado to watch out for crime. Police say there have been a couple of burglaries in which the thieves backed trucks up to houses and looted them.
A small group of people who have always kept a watchful eye on Jordan neighborhood gathered to talk about public safey -- including whether crime has increased since the tornado. Despite a few instances of burglary, members of the Jordan Area Community Council say the neighborhood generally seems quiet.
Block club leader Dave Haddy said if there had been a lot of crime following the storm, the meeting would've been packed with residents.
I've been pleasantly surprised at least from my perspective of things in the last few days how calm it seemed with all the craziness," Haddy said. "Just anxiety and fear. And I haven't encountered a lot of that."
Minneapolis police Lieutenant Jim Heimerl said there have only been a few burglaries. But he said it's still important to warn the public.
"If we didn't say a word and we painted a panacea for these people that live here -- the residents -- and we told them everything was just fine, and then it did happen, you would have people that would be angry with us for not warning them," Heimerl. "It's better to be warned and to ask them, just like we have call 911 if you see something suspicious. We have a lot of officers right now. it doesn't take anything to stop and say 'do you belong here?' "
Police have set up checkpoints throughout the tornado-affected area.