The Minden Police Department is currently investigating several criminal activities which occurred during the weekend of March 10, 2012. The activity included 27 vandalisms, 10 storage shed break-in’s and one theft from a vehicle. The vandalisms included 22 mail boxes which were scattered throughout town, three buildings involving the Chautauqua Band Shell, Cemetery shop and a garage in the 600 block of North Minden; and two vehicles in the 800 block of North Colorado. The storage sheds were in the 100 block of East Hastings Street, 600 block of West 6th and the 1100 block of North Kearney. The theft from the vehicle was in the 500 block of East 5th. Total damage is estimated at $2,500. If anyone has information in reference to the damages please contact the Minden Police Department at 832-1150.
With Halloween just a few days away, the Minden Police Department is offering several tips to residents to help keep the holiday a safe one for the younger ghouls and goblins. Some of the tips compiled by the police department include:
-Younger children should always be accompanied by an adult.
-Older children should travel in groups, following an established route in a familiar area. Establish a return time and make sure they have a watch or cell phone with them.
-Although candy tampering is rare, tell your children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything. Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect.
-Walk on the sidewalk and carry flashlights. When selecting a costume, try to wear light colors or reflective costumes for greater visibility. Costumes should fit well enough so they are not a tripping hazard.
-Visit homes that are well-lit. Remain on the porch for your candy, as there is no reason to go inside a home.
-Homeowners should make sure that the front yard is clear of hazards, such as toys, hoses, or decorations that might cause someone to trip.
Police Chief James Huff said officers will be on the streets keeping a lookout on Halloween, but following these safety tips will help minimize any potential hazards to trick-or-treaters.
“This is a fun holiday for people of all ages,” Huff stated, “and we want to make sure it stays that way.”