Reasons for calling 911:
For ALL law enforcement, EMS, and Fire response you need to call 911. The Dakota County Communictaions Center is a facility located in Empire Township. This entity answers and dispatches all calls for service. In order to contact your local law enforcement you need to call 911. We understand the reservations some may have with dialing 9-1-1. This is a drastic change from what many of us were taught as children; however that is how law enforcement is currently being dispatched to assist you. For additional information regarding this please visit the DCC website at, www.mn-dcc.org.
Put down your electronic devices and focus on the road. According to the National Safety Council 26% of all accidents are direct results of phone use while driving. For current statistics on distracted driving and other safety campaigns please visit their site at www.nsc.org.
- DWI CONSEQUENCES- Sanctions are very severe and could cost you hundreds to thousands of dollars! A first offense person arrested for DWI WILL face criminal charges and possibly jail time. Depending on the level of intoxication you WILL have a loss of license from 90 days to as much as 1 year.
- TEEN DRIVING- To find current facts and tips to help your new teen driver, obtain crash statistics, and other information regarding teen driving please visit the Department of Public Safety located below.
- MOVE OVER LAW- The Ted Foss Law was enacted based on the death of the State Trooper who was struck on the side of the road. This states that vehicles must move over one full lane (if able) and slow their speed when passing any emergency lights or flashing lights on the shoulder of the road.
For full information on the above topics and many more please visit: www.dps.mn.gov.
- ALWAYS lock your home. Even when you are home, lock the doors. Burglars will enter your home if they believe you are not there and this is much easier for them if your door is unlocked.
- ALWAYS lock your car doors, even when it is parked at home.
- Do not leave valuables in your car.
- Park any small vehicles, boats, snowmobiles etc. in a locked garage or shed.
- Use outside lighting. Lights are a deterrant to potential burglars and cost a minimal amount to use throughout the year
- Keep brush clear from areas near your windows. This creates good hiding places for potential burglars.
- Use a stamping tool to mark all of your farm machinery, and trailers. Also a marking pen for your home electronics and other items of value. By marking these items it makes it very difficult for suspects to sell or pawn and also allows them to be located much easier.
- Always check your smoke detectors to ensure the batteries are still good.
- If you are going on vacation register your house with our office to conduct a vacation watch while you are away!
Keep your identity safe
- Mail all of your mail at the post office or blue mailbox collection sites. Do NOT mail your bills containing a check in your mailbox until right before the mailperson comes to collect your mail. Stealing mail is a common way to steal your account information.
- Never carry your social security card in your wallet or purse.
- Never keep your PIN numbers in your wallet or purse, always keep them separate from the card they work for.
- Always carry your purse across your body.
- Check your credit score at least once each year.
If you think you could be a victim of identity theft visit www.ftc.gov.