Crime Prevention Blotter

Tag: Crime Prevention

July 19, 2016 9:01 AM

AUTO THEFT PREVENTION STRATEGIES: Make sure your overhead and side garage doors are closed and locked, even when you are at home. Keep your vehicle doors locked when parked in your driveway or garage overnight.  Suspects are taking garage door openers which would allow them to gain … [read more]

July 8, 2016 10:02 AM

The Burglary Crime Unit reports a recent case in which the suspect gained entry into a residence by cutting the screen to an open window.  With the warmer weather it is common for people to leave windows open.  Open windows on the first floor provide a tempting opportunity for a … [read more]

June 20, 2016 9:20 AM

The Madison Police Department’s Crime Prevention Tip of the Week. Motion light verses dusk to dawn light. Which light should you choose to best protect your property? Motion lights are so common that they may be viewed like car alarms. When the public hears a car alarm they no longer … [read more]

June 6, 2016 1:20 PM

Maintenance is another concept of CPTED.  CPTED stands for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. Maintenance refers to the idea of the continued use of a space for an intended purpose.  This is done by keeping the property maintained and landscape managed.  If locks, … [read more]

June 1, 2016 10:18 AM

Territorial Behavior is the fourth concept of CPTED.  CPTED stands for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. This refers to the development of ownership. This is done through fences, landscaping, and pavement treatments. This gives the visitor the sense of where your property … [read more]

May 23, 2016 11:01 AM

Natural Surveillance is a CPTED concept.  CPTED stands for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. Natural Surveillance is the placement of structures, landscaping features, activities, and people in a way that maximizes your view of the area.  This allows you to see what is … [read more]

May 11, 2016 11:04 AM

Natural Access Control is a CPTED concept.  CPTED stands for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. Natural Access Control is defined as a means to control access to the business or house. People are guided through the space by the placement of sidewalks, entrances, and … [read more]

May 2, 2016 1:36 PM

CPTED stands for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. During the next three weeks I will share these concepts with you. The concepts involved in CPTED are Natural Access Control, Natural Surveillance, and Territorial Reinforcement. If you have questions about crime prevention … [read more]

April 19, 2016 9:06 AM

A new scam comes from the phone number of 360-234-2061. The suspect identifies himself as Dennis Gray.  He reports to be from the Treasury Department and that you may have legal action taken against you if you don't respond. Several key words that are used in this scam … [read more]

April 18, 2016 2:55 PM

The Madison Police Department Crime Prevention Safety Tip of the week. We need your help.  The Madison Police Department and your neighbors need your help in stopping burglaries. As a member of the Madison community remind your neighbors and friends to close and lock front and back … [read more]

March 28, 2016 9:13 AM

The Madison Police Department and Crime Prevention Unit need your help in stopping home improvement scams. With warmer temperatures Madison may see an increase in home improvement scams. The Scammer goes door to door offering to do repairs on your home or driveway. The important thing to … [read more]

March 15, 2016 10:00 AM

The Madison Police Department reminds you to always lock your bike. With the warmer weather many Madison residents take to the road on bikes. Remember these tips when it comes to bike theft prevention. Invest in a good quality lock Lock your bike Record the description and serial … [read more]

March 8, 2016 11:38 AM

Know your money. We have seen an increase in counterfeit bills being circulated in Madison.  So far this year there has been 50 reports made of counterfeit bills. There are numerous security features in our currency. Follow the link to see the … [read more]

February 29, 2016 1:37 PM

The Madison Police Department reminds you to lock your doors, windows, and garage. Many of our burglaries are crimes of opportunity. With the change in seasons we enjoy more time outside.  Remember that leaving a door unlocked or a garage door open may seem reasonable, especially if … [read more]

February 23, 2016 9:17 AM

The Madison Police Department Crime Prevention Safety Tip of the week. It appears that the IRS scam calls are making its way around Madison again. Do not call back any number that is left on your voicemail from someone claiming to be from the IRS. To schedule a personal safety course for … [read more]

February 10, 2016 8:16 AM

The Madison Police Department Crime Prevention Safety Tip of the week. “Come in the door is unlocked” How many times have you heard this or have you ever said it? A well known criminal technique is to knock on the door to see if someone is home.  If the door is unlocked and you … [read more]

February 1, 2016 11:00 AM

The Madison Police Department Crime Prevention Safety Tip of the week. This time of year it is a good idea to check your credit card charges and confirm that there are no suspicious charges or transactions. It is also a good time to change online passwords while you are checking your … [read more]

January 28, 2016 9:51 AM

The Madison Police Department Crime Prevention Safety Tip of the week. We need your help.  The Madison Police Department and your neighbors need your help in stopping the ongoing theft from unlocked vehicles. Remember to lock your car.  Lock your car, close your garage door, … [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]

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 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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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