Madison police warn of rise in auto thefts on west side

MADISON, Wis. — Madison police sounded the alarm Wednesday over what they said was a rise in car thefts and burglaries on the city’s west side.

Police said thieves have been caught on video opening unlocked cars to take personal items and guns, entering garages and stealing cars, and entering homes.

While police said they are patrolling the area at night and collecting evidence to catch thieves, they need help from the public. Those living on the west side are urged to keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles and call a neighbor if they notice their garage is open.

Police said it’s also a good idea to double-check that vehicles and doors are locked before going to bed at night and to never leave a firearm in a vehicle.