As the eighth largest city in the state of Minnesota, the Maple Grove community continues to thrive with residential and business growth. Public safety is the Maple Grove Police Department's highest priority for residents, business owners, and those who frequent our city.
Credit card fraud and identity theft
Credit card fraud and identity theft have become common crimes throughout the United States, and Maple Grove is no exception. It can be difficult to investigate and prosecute these types of crimes. The ability to investigate them is mostly dependent on the victim being able to provide detailed information in a timely manner about how and when their identity or accounts were compromised and used.
When a citizen reports this type of crime, officers provide an identity theft and fraud information packet. Filling out and returning the packet in a timely manner allows the Police Department to begin an investigation. The packet also contains helpful links and resources that citizens can use to protect themselves from continuing fraud, identity theft, or monetary loss.
Recently, there has been an increase in panhandlers within the business areas and key intersections of the community. When the Police Department receives an inquiry from a concerned community member, officers are sent to the location where the panhandler is present and they then provide a resource guide, which contains useful information regarding metro-wide resources to those in need.
Please note that panhandlers have a right to stand in a public areas. If the panhandler is causing a public safety issue (for example, exhibiting aggressive contact with the public, disrupting traffic passage, violating median safety, or breaking a law by trespassing on private property or other illegal acts), officers will take enforcement action.