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BarLINK Connects Minneapolis Bars, Increases Awareness of Downtown Crime

| October 19, 2018 | By

The city of Minneapolis reports violent crime in the city's downtown is way down.

Police have increased patrols in the area and businesses have banned together to help report crime with help form a new system led by the Downtown Improvement District.

The city attributes the 25 percent drop in violent crimes to many efforts and partnerships, including what's happening inside the DID's Safety Communication Center.

Target Field, Target Center and U.S. Bank Stadium security are all linked back to the communication center via radio, and now bars and restaurants are modeling their own BarLINK text chain after that same system.

"We're taking what we've done with major professional security groups and saying, 'Hey, could we do this with the nightlife,' and that's what we're exploring with this group here," said Shane Zahn, director of Safety Initiatives with the Downtown Improvement District.

Now, that's Proactive Operations.