MIDDLETON, Wis. -

The Middleton Police Department said it has responded to an increase of residential burglaries within the last few weeks.

The majority of these burglaries have involved people forcibly entering a residence during late afternoon to the early evening hours. Police said the burglaries have happened around 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Police said the burglars have mostly been stealing electronics and jewelry.

Detective Troy Hellenbrand said Wednesday that four homes have been burglarized in the Stonefield neighborhood, with two homes being burglarized within the past couple of days.

"We're thinking there's some kind of suspicious vehicle or people casing a neighborhood," Hellenbrand said. "They might be ringing doorbells or knocking on doors to see if people are home and probably entering from the back of the residence, checking the windows. So anything suspicious, we're asking citizens to contact us right away or call 911. Don't confront them, just call us right away so we can check out anything."

The Middleton Police Department said it wants to remind residents to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity occurring in their neighborhood and to report any questionable behavior to the Police Department immediately by dialing 911.

In addition, police are reminding residents that while away from their homes, some safety precautions should be taken to make it appear as though their home is occupied. These precautions include leaving lights on, having lights activated by a timer, installing motion-sensitive lighting, or having a friend, relative or neighbor watch their residence when they are away, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Middleton Police Department at 608-824-7300.