Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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SIDEWALK SNOW REMOVAL UPDATES
Posted 3/14/2017 12:38 AM
The snow that started to fall during the evening hours of Sunday, March 12, 2017, continued in to the next day. All snow and ice that accumulated from this event shall be removed the public sidewalks by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Ice that cannot be removed shall be treated with sand and/or salt to provide traction. Free sand can be found at the locations contained in the following link: http://www.cityofmadison.com/sand
Residents who are able to park off the streets Monday night should try to do so, because that makes it easier for plows to clear snow all the way to the curb. An overnight snowfall that dropped about 5 inches of snow in Madison prompted the Streets Division to mobilize for a full plowing operation on all city streets, including residential streets. Contractors will be added to the city's trucks for the plowing effort, putting about 150 pieces of equipment out clearing streets
"We anticipate having all city streets plowed prior to Tuesday morning's commute," Kelley said.
The plowing starts at 3 p.m. Tuesday and should take about 10 to 12 hours, said Superintendent Chris Kelley. No snow emergency has been declared. Once the snow ends, Madison should be dry for a couple of days before the next chance for snow comes Thursday night into Friday, the National Weather Service said.
PUBLIC SAFETY UPDATES TO PASS ALONG
Madison Police Survey Opportunity
March 13, 2017 3:30 PM
Last year the City Council approved a comprehensive study to evaluate the Madison Police Department. The study is now well under way and the consultants chosen, the OIR Group, is seeking public input. It is very important that OIR hears from our citizens. The feedback will help with their study, but more importantly, it may help to make us a better agency.
We are encouraging all residents to take the time to complete the survey by clicking on the link below. Thank you for participating in this project! http://www.cityofmadison.com/mpdstudy
Stolen property guide - Serial numbers:
MPD has a person assigned to "leads on line" she monitors pawn shops for stolen property. Serial number searches leave little doubt of ownership.
Serial numbers allow us to enter your property into NCIC (a nationwide data base for police). If you recover your property call the police back to cancel the report and we will then remove the entry from the computer. If you don't have your serial number you may be able to contact your point of purchase to see if they have it in their records.Pictures of the stolen items also help in locating and identifying your property.
MPD does not have the ability to monitor social media web sites to search for your property. We do encourage you to try. (Personal note- I retrieved my stolen bike five years after the theft)
If you believe that you have found your stolen property:
Contact MPD (if it is Madison) and ask for an officer to respond. The call taker in the 911 center will ask a few clarifying questions. MPD's "calls for service" triaged. If at the time you call us and an emergency is happening elsewhere your request will be placed in queue, you may have to wait a bit. Have a copy of your "self report", the case number and this email available to show the officer when they arrive. This will speed up the process considerably, reduce confusion and increase the likely hood of a positive outcome.Have the internet listing of the stolen property available to show the officer. The MPD officer will work with you to try to get the person "selling" your property to meet with the promise of purchase. The officer will problem solve the situation and create a solution. The officer will not want to allow you participate in the undercover buy.Sometimes we don't get positive outcomes- the bad guy doesn't show up, sometimes the property only looked like yours, and sometimes we can't prove it is yours. If we get the property back, in most cases, MPD will turn it over to directly.
Developing probable cause to arrest the person in possession of your property is different in every case.
Don't arrange a "buy back" on your own. Bad guys all too often take this opportunity to rob you at point of contact. Let the police handle it. If you buy or sell anything online, meeting at a police department parking lot for the exchange is a good way to increase safety. It is also a good way to sift out fraudulent sellers. Don't pay a "finder's fee" for a lost cell phone. Call us and let us get your phone back for free.
Record the serial numbers of the items of value.
Consider taking pictures of the serial number and storing them in multiple locations (the cloud can be a good spot).
It would be optimal if you could have the serial numbers available during your primary report with the MPD officer.
Consider tracking (GPS) apts for phones and laptops.
Back up all important data to any of the long term storage options so if you lose a device you can at least keep your data, pictures, music and contacts.
Burglary Prevention and Community Survey
March 13, 2017 2:18 PM
With the coming of spring and the warmer weather, many of us open our windows and doors to get some fresh air after the long winter.
Unfortunately, there are those who will take advantage of easier access to your home at any time of year. Recently we've had some burglaries in the central district; entry was made through unlocked doors or windows. Thieves often go the route of least resistance, checking for open doors and selecting those residences which are easiest to enter. They may also peek into windows looking for items of value like laptops, purses, or electronics that, if seen, promise a profitable burglary. One of the main drivers of burglaries throughout the City is opiate addiction; unfortunately this epidemic does not show any signs of abatement and we can expect this societal/public health crisis to continue to drive property crimes up in our community (and others).
Here are some recommendations for protecting your home and valuables:
*Lock your doors--even when you are in your home. *Close and lock your windows, especially when you are not home and at night. *Don't leave common area doors propped open. *If you have problems with your locks or the locks on common doors, notify. property management to get them fixed *Keep valuables out of plain sight when you are not home. *If you are hosting parties or events where you expect people you do not know, do not leave valuables lying around. *Consider getting renters insurance to protect yourself if you do incur a loss; it is relatively inexpensive. *Remember also to keep your car locked and valuables out of sight
If you are the victim of a property crime, please report it! One suspect is often responsible for multiple crimes and your incident may provide the clue(s) that lead to identification and arrest. *Don't open your door to strangerI include the last bullet point as a reminder that burglary is not the only motivation for a criminal to enter your home--unfortunately, they may be there to assault you and these crimes have enormous and long-lasting impact on the victims. Many of the steps above will not only protect you from property crime, but from far more violent crimes as well.
Thanks and stay safe! And one more thing: below is a link to a survey being conducted by the O.I.R. group commissioned by the Madison Common Council. Please take a moment to open the link and complete the survey! http://webapp.cityofmadison.com/mpdstudy/
Tags: Captain Freedman, Central District, Property Crimes
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