Middleton Police: "Lock it or lose it," police see increase in auto thefts

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MIDDLETON, Wis. (WMTV) -- The Middleton Police Department has responded to an increase in auto thefts and thefts from vehicles in the past two days.

According to Detective Sergeant Darrin Zimmerman with Middleton Police, since Monday, police have responded to reports of at least two vehicles that were stolen, as well as thefts from at least three vehicles.

Each of the vehicles were unlocked and the vehicles that were stolen had the keys in them and were in open garages.

Agencies across Dane County, including Middleton Police, have seen an increase in the number of thefts from motor vehicles and thefts of vehicles. Police strongly encourage everyone to keep your vehicles, homes, garages and personal belongings secured.

Many of the thefts involved unlocked vehicles with valuables left in plain views. Police say they could've easily been prevented if the vehicles were locked, garages locked and valuables removed or hidden.

If you are the victim of a theft or you see something that is suspicious, report it to police immediately.