Madison Police Warn Residents to Lock up Valuables

The Madison Police Department is warning downtown residents to keep their valuables locked up. The department says it's seen a spike in burglaries since the beginning of the school year.

Police say this is a nation-wide issue.

They say they've seen a large volume of laptops, I-pods, CD's and DVD's stolen out of people's homes and apartments near the UW campus.

Police say most of the burglaries happen when windows and doors are left unlocked.

Mike Hanson of the Madison Police Department says, "We did catch some surveillance video of an apartment complex where we did see one individual with an empty backpack come into an apartment. The individual tried a number of different doors, finally got into a door that was open, then left with a full backpack."

He says most of the robberies happen between Thursday and Sunday between midnight and 4:00am.

Police suggest putting your driver's license number, not social security number, on your valuables.

That way if a stolen item is found, it can be tracked back to its owner.

They also suggest checking pawn shops and E-bay for stolen property.

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