Night to Unite Recap
Over 150 Blaine neighborhoods spent the the first Tuesday in August connecting with and getting to know each other. Night to Unite is the one night of the year where members of the police, fire, and public works departments, along with McGruff the Crime Dog, members of the Blaine City Council, and a couple of Minnesota State Troopers all join together to visit neighborhood gatherings all across the city.
It is an opportunity for public safety officials to connect with residents to talk about neighborhood concerns and crime prevention, show them special vehicles and equipment, answer some questions, and share some laughs.
The event was previously known as National Night Out but several years ago many Twin Cities area agencies decided to create Night to Unite, knowing that the event would have a more local focus. The event will always be held on the first Tuesday in August. Mark your calendars now for Night to Unite 2020 on Tuesday, August 4.
Scam Reports Continue
Reports of various scams continue to be reported, here is a look at one report that recently occurred in Blaine.
The 82 year old victim came to the Blaine Police Department with a family member to report a scam that cost the victim approximately $200,000 over the past two years.
The scam started with a phone call telling the victim that they won a $5.5 million dollar lottery prize and a Mercedes.
Over the next two years, the victim repeatedly withdrew between $5,000 - $15,000 from her bank account and wired the money to various places in the United States.
Make sure to check with your bank to see if there are routine checks on unusual account activity so that these type of transfers would be questioned. Also if you have an elderly parent have a conversation about granting another family member power of attorney so that they can review accounts on a regular basis.
Sadly, in all likelihood, the victim will never recover that money.
Caring for elderly parents is a responsibility that not everyone is suited to or wants. Sometimes family dynamics get in the way when it comes to a parental assets and their physical and mental well being. That is where a neutral third party can help. Anoka County Social Services is one resource to assist families and seniors.
For more information visit, Anoka County Social Services.
If you and your neighbors would like to host a presentation on common scams and what not to do, contact Blaine Police community outreach, contact information is on the left side of this email. These events can be held at Blaine City Hall or in the community.
Reports of Panhandlers in Blaine
The Blaine Police Department frequently gets calls and reports regarding panhandlers and requests for welfare checks of people who are sleeping outside.
Every officer has resources, training, and information for people who might be homeless. When officers are called to check on such people, many refuse assistance and in most cases they do have stable housing.
Panhandling is legal in Blaine. Besides giving money to panhandlers some people keep a stash of $5 gift cards for food to hand out or personal hygiene items. Some people donate to local charities who provide services to the homeless. Local churches, Hope4Youth, the Salvation Army, and Stepping Stone Emergency Housing are a few local non-profits working to help those in need.
Blaine Crime Map
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