Police Blotter

Tag: Crime Prevention

November 24, 2015 8:19 AM

Recuerde prestar atención a sus alrededores. Recuerde no exhibir su dinero o sus tarjetas de crédito antes o después de pasar por el punto de pago. No deje su billetera en un lugar sin mantener contacto con esta. Mucha gente se olvida y deja su billetera donde esta la … [read more]

November 23, 2015 8:50 AM

Remember to be aware of your surroundings. Remember not to expose your cash or credit cards before or past the point of purchase. Don't set your wallet down without keeping a hand on it. Many people forget and leave their wallets at the register. Electronic items like phones and tablets … [read more]

November 10, 2015 11:51 AM

The Madison Police Department Crime Prevention Safety Tip of the week! The IRS scam is making its way around the Madison area again today. In this scam a message is left for you to call back the IRS at a specific phone number. Madison Crime Prevention Unit has received two new IRS scam … [read more]

October 30, 2015 2:19 PM

The Madison Police Department’s Crime Prevention Safety Tip of the week. Don’t leave your purse, wallet, or phone unattended. Keep your hand on your purse, wallet, or phone when setting it on a counter or in a shopping cart. This will help prevent theft and also remind you to put it away … [read more]

October 7, 2015 10:40 AM

Safety Tips Many of us practice personal safety measures every day without thinking about it or being able to put our own safety practices into words.  The reality is that you could do everything right and still be a victim of a crime.  This is because the suspect is choosing their … [read more]

September 22, 2015 1:51 PM

The Madison Police Department Crime Prevention Safety Tip of the week. Skimmers are in Madison. This crime involves two pieces of equipment A card reader A pin hole camera viewing the keypad Skimmers are devices that are placed over the card reader on ATMs. This allows the … [read more]

September 17, 2015 3:45 PM

Property owners play an important role in our community.  Landlords who engage in irresponsible property management can have an adverse impact on a neighborhood.  MPD regularly works with property owners to cooperatively address issues that impact quality of life for our citizens.  … [read more]

September 17, 2015 9:40 AM

Solicitors at Your Door   From time to time during the year, groups and organizations canvas the community selling items ranging from candy, magazines, and home improvement products. In the past few days, the Central District has experienced a group of 20 young adults attempting to … [read more]

August 11, 2015 11:09 AM

Be careful when using Craigslist for job opportunities. The latest scam starts with the victim contacting the possible employer for a position as a personal assistant.  The job would require that the victim receive mail and cash checks. What ended up happening was that the suspect would … [read more]

August 6, 2015 11:16 AM

Thanks to everyone who stopped out at Elver Park on Tuesday night for MPD's National Night Out event:           [read more]

August 4, 2015 1:48 PM

The Madison Police Department Crime Prevention Safety Tip of the week. Wednesday, April 15th is long past us but this scam keeps showing up. This week we have seen an increase in the IRS scam. In this scam a voicemail message is left for you to call back the IRS at a specific … [read more]

July 23, 2015 1:11 PM

MPD's West District will host this year's National Night Out event.  This year's National Night Out is August 4, and the event will be at Elver Park (1250 McKenna Blvd.).  MPD's Mounted Patrol and K9 unit will be present, as well as MPD squad cars and specialized vehicles.  … [read more]

May 8, 2015 4:36 PM

Since the beginning of this week there have been at least 14 theft from auto incidents in West District.  Many, if not all of the vehicles were left unlocked.  Low-value items were reported taken - sunglasses, spare change, etc.  Vehicles were entered during the overnight hours … [read more]

May 1, 2015 11:44 AM

On April 30th, 2015, the newly created Burglary Crime Unit ventured out to the streets with one main objective: to bring awareness to community reference open garage door burglaries. Around 5PM, 5 Detectives, 1 Detective Sergeant, and 2 Analysts made their way to sections of the community that … [read more]

April 23, 2015 10:31 AM

West District Officers Tom Grosse and Scott Favour put together this short video with some helpful burglary prevention tips: https://youtu.be/vs87TRlxtYQ These are the materials used in the above video: Home Depot: Quantity          … [read more]

April 20, 2015 9:22 AM

West District officers Tom Grosse and Scott Favour put together this short video with some helpful burglary prevention tips:   https://youtu.be/vs87TRlxtYQ [read more]

April 7, 2015 11:59 AM

  Hello from the Central District Community Policing Team! As the weather warms up, we imagine many of you will be eager to get out of your house and enjoy the many restaurants and taverns in the downtown area of Madison. We want to share some simple safety tips you can use to prevent … [read more]

March 27, 2015 8:50 AM

Next week, students from the Madison Metropolitan School District and the UW-Madison will be among those on Spring Break, heading to beaches and other (hopefully warmer) vacation destinations. In an effort to help curb burglaries during this time, Madison Police has partnered with a … [read more]

March 2, 2015 10:20 AM

It is often overlooked but vitally important in property crimes investigations to have the serial number or some other distinct marking recorded by the victim.  A quick cell phone photo of the serial number or a picture of the receipt or both are hugely important when investigators are … [read more]

December 12, 2014 1:34 PM

Recently, a number of citizens have called to report that they have received scam phone calls where the caller ID reads 608-261-9694, the number for our Central District administrative office. The scammer pretends to be a police officer and demands some type of payment or financial information … [read more]

September 12, 2014 2:27 PM

There have been a number of phone scams going on lately in the Madison area.  In fact, just last night I received a call at home from "Roger" who wanted to conduct an over-the-phone security verification with my "Windows computer".  A couple of issues...I don't have a computer that runs … [read more]

September 8, 2014 11:08 AM

Residential burglaries have been one of the main issues that West District personnel have been working to address this year.  Earlier in the year, our residential burglary numbers in the West District were up (compared to 2013), particularly in a focused geographic area (along the Raymond Road … [read more]

August 4, 2014 10:31 AM

Many of us are travelling near and far during the summer months and are often eager to share pictures and updates with friends and family via social media sites.  While you may be anxious to share pictures of your time away from home, please think about the following ideas when posting … [read more]

July 22, 2014 1:08 AM

Have you thought about getting an alarm at your home?  It is a personal choice that certainly does not come without additional expenses.  As an alarm owner for the past 17 years at three different properties, here are a few tips and ideas I can share for you to consider if you have decided to … [read more]

June 30, 2014 9:31 AM

Have you ever wondered how secure your doors and locks really are in your home?  This week, we encourage you to take a few minutes and examine the locks on the doors leading into your home from your garage.  Deadbolts should be used on every exterior door if possible.  Many garage doors … [read more]

June 19, 2014 11:18 AM

Since many of us have been checking the exteriors of our homes lately for storm related damage, we thought we would share a few burlgary prevention considerations to ponder as well...  • Are your shrubs and bushes trimmed back so there is no place for someone to hide? • Are tree canopies … [read more]

June 5, 2014 1:42 PM

The Madison Police Department and Crime Prevention Unit need your help in stopping “Grandma” scams…you may have heard of these before.  Crime Stoppers received two recent reports of the “Grandma” scam in the Madison area. Here is how the scam works…A victim answers the phone and the … [read more]

May 29, 2014 12:36 PM

With warmer temperatures, Madison may see an increase in home improvement scams and we need your help in stopping them. In 2013, one of the top scams reported was a “repair person” going door to door and offering to do repairs on homes or driveways.  These were always unsolicited visits … [read more]

May 19, 2014 11:29 AM

As the weather finally warms this week, many of us will be airing out our homes and opening windows to enjoy the spring air.  When you leave your homes this week, please remember that windows should be shut and locked if you are leaving your home unoccupied.  Opportunistic burglars are also … [read more]

May 15, 2014 12:21 PM

The Madison Police Department needs your help in stopping smash and grab thefts from vehicles.  There has been an increase in smash and grab thefts in the downtown area.  Most of these thefts are occuring in the early morning hours. There has also been an increase in thefts from unlocked … [read more]

March 14, 2014 9:56 AM

There has been an increase in residential burglaries in the West District over the last few weeks.  District personnel are investigating these incidents, and will employ a variety of strategies to address this trend.  Citizens can help us by taking some simple preventative steps: Keep … [read more]

December 13, 2013 1:39 PM

Unfortunately, the holiday shopping season also means an increase in the number of retail thefts that MPD officers respond to.  Some of these incidents involve sophisticated schemes, involving multiple people and stores.  Losses for businesses can run into the tens of thousands of … [read more]

November 20, 2013 2:35 PM

As the City of Madison and the Central District continue to experience thefts, robberies and burglaries with smart phones being the target, the article and news clip show the magnitude of the issue. Video: Inside the hidden tech battle over a smart phone "kill switch" There's a hidden … [read more]

November 18, 2013 1:26 PM

During the past two weeks, the East Police District has received numerous reports of theft from vehicles in the area of East Towne Mall. Some vehicles have had their windows broken and items taken from the vehicle, others have had unlocked doors. District officers are aware of this increased … [read more]

November 7, 2013 2:40 PM

Residential burglaries continue to be an area of concern in the West District.  Taking some simple steps can help prevent you from becoming a victim: Keep your doors and windows locked, even while at home. Keep your garage door closed, and lock any door from the garage to the … [read more]

October 14, 2013 1:30 PM

Unfortunately, thefts from vehicles continue to be an all-too frequent offense., In fact, more than 300 thefts from motor vehicles have been reported in the West District so far this year., These incidents are very difficult to investigate after the fact, so doing what you can to avoid being a … [read more]

October 11, 2013 8:37 AM

The Madison Police Department and Crime Stoppers need your help in identifying suspects in the passing of counterfeit bills. On Friday, October 4th at 7pm, two counterfeit bills were passed on Madison's west side. The suspects washed a $5.00 bill and copied the information from a $100 … [read more]

August 7, 2013 1:36 PM

During the past few weeks, the Northside of Madison has been experiencing a sudden increase in incidents where vehicles parked on the roadway or in driveways, are damaged, including broken windows, dents and other damage. In these cases, the suspects are not attempting to steal, and their … [read more]

July 10, 2013 2:02 PM

  The Madison Police Department's Public Information Office is fortunate to have Ms. Cassidy McDonald from the University of Notre Dame interning with us this summer. Please take a moment to watch this short video report put together by Ms. McDonald reviewing some of the past problems at Penn … [read more]

April 22, 2013 12:00 PM

As the weather slowly turns toward Spring, the buzz of activity downtown has begun. This coming weekend will be a busy time around the Capital Square.  The ever popular Farmers Market and the 32nd Crazylegs Classic event will bring thousands of people together this Saturday … [read more]

April 1, 2013 9:59 AM

A number of West District citizens have been the victims of financial scams in recent weeks. These scams can take several forms: A stranger calls and notifies the citizen that he/she has won a large prize (cash, a car, etc.), but that they need to send in a fee to collect their prize. … [read more]

September 1, 2012 8:21 AM

As the hot summer winds down, the West District has been active.  The last few weeks have seen a number of weapons offenses in the district, particularly in the Theresa/Bettys and Balsam/Russett neighborhoods.  West District personnel continue to investigate these individual … [read more]

July 1, 2012 8:41 AM

By Police Officer, Jodi Nelson The North Police District has started an initiative this summer involving both Sherman and Blackhawk Middle Schools along with police officers from the North District. Prior to the school year ending, Captain McLay, Lieutenant Strasburg, and I met with the … [read more]

May 1, 2012 8:33 AM

Problem-Solving: Budget Motels Following the values of trust based policing the East District has been working with the community to solve some local issues. Over the last several years some of the budget motels in the East District have seen a spike in the number of calls for service to … [read more]

April 1, 2012 8:20 AM

Property crime in the Central District is of great concern for MPD. We know the number of property crimes would decrease if “targets of opportunity” were reduced. A walk through your neighborhood would illustrate the point. Walk your block and look at the cars that are parked in parking lots … [read more]

April 1, 2012 8:20 AM

Ahhhh, springtime! Windows are thrown open to air out the house, car windows are rolled down to purge the stale winter air, bicycles are in the driveway and the garage door is up so the kids can put their bikes back in all while you’re catching up with the neighbors in your own backyard so why … [read more]

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