Break-ins on Madison's west side have police looking to teens

Posted Friday, August 8, 2014 --- 4:40 p.m.

There's been a rash of break-ins on Madison's West side, and police say teens may be to blame.

We spoke with one resident in the neighborhood who says she's had both her car and her garage broken into this summer.

Police say there's nothing unusual about the burglaries but say juveniles may be the ones behind it.
Dave Dexheimer with Madison Police says it's summer and as teens test their luck and don't get caught, they keep pushing the envelope further and further until they're breaking and entering.

He says it's common, but it's still not OK.

"It's no surprise to anyone that sometimes when kids reach teenage years, they're influenced by other things, there's peer group pressure, there could be all sorts of things going on, there could be changes in the family that maybe drive less desirable behavior," says Dexheimer.

Dexheimer recommends that parents make sure they know what their teens are doing during these summer nights, because they could wind up in a lot of trouble, and if they don't get caught, could end up pushing the envelope even further the next time.

Dexheimer adds that if you do get broken into, even if nothing appears to be stolen, it's important that you report it, that allows them to track these crime sprees.

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