Recently, MPD launched a social media campaign in an attempt to bring a greater public awareness to a rising tide of stolen autos and thefts from autos which are occurring in prolific numbers in our community. The name of the campaign is #NightlyLockup.
We have been and will continue to send out nightly reminders on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to remind people to lock their cars and garages using the hashtag #NightlyLockup. The number of stolen autos have already met and exceeded last year's total. Additionally, there have been over 1,100 thefts from autos this year. Not only are the thefts concerning, but even more disturbing is that so many of these thefts involve unsecured guns left in the vehicles.
In order to maximize our reach of exposure, we have relied heavily on our community partners. I have always stated that the essence of good neighborhood policing begins with a reliance on authentic and trusting relationships which lead to strong alliances. The #NightlyLockup campaign is a perfect example of a multi-tiered group of dedicated organizations and passionate individuals who are all pitching in to make a difference.
Adams Outdoor Advertising has generously donated their time and graphic art expertise as part of a billboard platform in raising consciousness. Adams Outdoor Advertising has always been willing to take a seat at the table of community responsibility in aiding MPD whenever there is a need for a public response to a missing person, a dangerous fugitive or a timely safety campaign.
Madison Area CrimeStoppers provided financial assistance in order to cover production and ancillary costs (Madison Area CrimeStoppers has always provided us with a forum for receiving anonymous information which has led to solving crimes and arresting individuals who have put our community safety at risk. Madison Area CrimeStoppers has found the ideal combination; offering cash rewards while reporters remain anonymous that has led to the successful resolution of many incidents).
We are grateful that organizations like Adams Outdoor Advertising and Madison Area CrimeStoppers are available to fill a much needed role in public awareness.
From 5:30 a.m. on 12/03/2017 through 5:30 a.m. on 12/04/2017, MPD received 286 calls for service. This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials.
1) SOUTH: Weapons Offense/Shots Fired – 5:41 a.m. Officers responded to the area of Todd Dr/Ashford Ln for a report of shots fired. Officers checked the area and did not find any evidence of shots fired. Investigation continuing.
2) NORTH: Adult Arrested Person – 10:01 a.m. Officers responded to Crestline Dr for a domestic disturbance between two subjects (37 year old WF victim and 38 year old WM suspect). The victim reported that her husband/suspect forced her to the ground and pinned her against her will. The suspect was arrested for (domestic) disorderly conduct.
3) EAST: Crash – 10:26 a.m. Officers responded to Hwy 30 near N. Thompson Dr for a report of a vehicle in a ditch. Officers located the vehicle, heavily damaged, but no occupants. Evidence at the scene indicated the vehicle left the roadway suddenly and rolled several times. Officers checked the area and used the Unmanned Aircraft System to search for possibly injured persons; no one located. Attempts to contact the registered owner of the vehicle were unsuccessful. Investigation continuing.
4) NORTH: Sexual Assault Report – 11:56 a.m. Officers responded to the 2000 block of Northport Dr for a disturbance where both the suspect (28 year old AAF) and victim (20 year old WF) called the police. The victim reported sexual assaults that occurred primarily in another jurisdiction. A report was taken and the other law enforcement agency will conduct follow-up.
5) EAST: Sexual Assault – 1:20 p.m. Officers responded to a local hospital for a report of a sexual assault of a victim (25 year old WF) by a suspect (34 year old WM). Investigation continuing.
6) NORTH: Threats Complaint – 6:32 p.m. Officers responded to a business on N. Sherman Ave regarding some threats. The caller reported that the suspect (39 year old WM) asked him to harm his ex-girlfriend (24 year old WF). The suspect was contacted and he agreed to meet with the police to talk to them. Investigation continuing.
7) EAST: Weapons Offense/Shots Fired – 10:01 p.m. A 16 year old male subject was shot in the foot/ankle. He was in a dispute with a group of teenagers. The subject self-reported to a local MFD station for treatment. Investigation continuing.
8) EAST: Weapons Offense/Person with a Gun – 11:50 p.m. Officers responded to a local motel on Thierer Rd for a disturbance/person with a gun. Two subjects (25 year old AAF and 36 year old AAM) were occupants of a room at the motel when an argument started. Both subjects had been drinking. The male subject noticed that his handgun was missing and the female subject fled the room. The male subject left the motel to retrieve his gun box and receipts to provide to the police. The male subject returned to the motel with this information. The female, denied having the handgun, although it was located on her. The female was arrested for theft, carrying a concealed weapon and endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon. The male was arrested for a warrant from another county. Investigation continuing.