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Crime Prevention: Vehicle Security Report Cards

Have you ever found one of these orange "Vehicle Security Report Cards" on your vehicle when you wake up in the morning?  For the past several years, Middleton Police Officers have been randomly spot checking parked vehicles and placing this “Vehicle Security Report Card” on vehicles as a courtesy.  This is NOT a ticket and there is no need to contact the Police Department if you receive one, it will simply be marked if your vehicle PASSED or FAILED based on susceptibility to theft.  Theft from vehicles is an all too frequent property crime that often involves unlocked vehicles and is very easy to prevent.

Overnight last night, night shift officers spent time on crime prevention efforts by doing vehicle security checks on vehicles parked in large Middleton apartment complexes.  In total, officers placed report cards on approximately 300 vehicles overnight and most vehicles were in compliance, but several failed their check due to open windows and valuables in plain view.  This report card simply serves as a reminder to:

  • Lock your vehicle
  • Conceal valuable property from plain view
  • Close your garage door at night
  • Call or text us at 608-824-7300 if you see any suspicious persons or activity

Help us help prevent crime in Middleton.  Lock it or lose it. If you see something, say something.  Reporting suspicious activity as soon as you can safely, could help prevent you and your neighbors from becoming the next crime victim.

Sergeant Travis Kakuske

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