Car Break-In’s (theft from auto) especially around the hospitals along Chicago Ave.

MPD Crime Analyst Doug Hicks has noticed a pattern of theft of GPS units from motor vehicles in the “Medical Corridor”,  particularly in the area between Franklin and 24th, Chicago to 11th. These are daytime thefts where vehicle windows are broken. See more details below.


To prevent theft of GPS units:

·         Remove the GPS unit before you reach your destination. Take it with you or stow it completely out of sight.

·         If the GPS is mounted on your windshield, remove the suction cup. (Some thieves look for vehicles with the suction cup or a suction cup ring, figuring the GPS must be stored in the vehicle.)

·         Regularly clean the inside of your windshield so there is no visible suction cup ring left behind. (See above.)


For more general information on protecting your vehicle, see and click on “Tips on Preventing Auto Theft and Theft from Auto.”


Please let me know if you have any questions.


John R. Baumann

Midtown Safety Center

Minneapolis Police Department

2949 Chicago Ave. S

Minneapolis, MN 55407



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P3 THEFT FROM AUTO — Prevention

Created By Hicks on 10/10/2012


October 1-10, 2012

The “medical corridor” along Chicago Avenue has continuing problems in the MORNING HOURS with Theft of GPS units From Motor Vehicles, with the heaviest victim area between Franklin and 24th, Chicago to 11th Avs.

All events involved breaking windows and stealing GPS units.

Almost all events occurred between 0800 and 1300 hours.

No particular day stood out.