Updated: 08/29/2014 10:20 PM
Created: 08/29/2014 9:50 PM KSTP.com
By: Joe Augustine
Minneapolis Police sent out crime prevention fliers to people who live near Powderhorn Lake. The fliers were distributed after more than a dozen burglaries and robberies were reported in the south Minneapolis neighborhood earlier this month.
From Aug. 19-26, three homes and two garages were targeted within a few blocks of each other.
"You need to lock your doors. You need to shut your garage doors, so people can't walk through the alley and see what's in your garage," Minneapolis Police Lt. Mike Fossum said.
Several people were robbed at gunpoint while walking in or near the public park at Powderhorn Lake in that same time period.
Police say part of the problem is people are walking through the park after it's closed.
"Generally nothing good comes after dark," Minneapolis Police Officer Dennis Milner said.
Police are adding patrols to that area during the Labor Day weekend.