Obscene Phone Calls
It is a violation of Minnesota Laws to make harassing telephone calls. Unfortunately, criminals have found the telephone a useful device to threaten or intimidate people. The following is presented as a guide to help you prepare for the possibility that you may receive one of these calls and to help you deal with the call effectively.
Anyone threatening to cause injury or death to a person or damage to their property is committing the most serious offense of this nature. These calls should always be reported to the police.
The victim of this crime is usually a female and is selected randomly until the perpetrator receives the reaction that he has been looking for. The caller uses his anonymity to fantasize about the person he has called. These calls should also be reported to your local telephone company.
What To Do When A Call Is Received
• Most often the caller is looking for a reaction to the call. Do not react to it.
Where To Go For Help
• If you receive threatening phone calls notify the Winona Police Department at 507.457.6368.