Police call #Nightlylockup campaign successful, while auto theft on the rise

Police call #Nightlylockup campaign successful, while auto theft on the rise

The Madison Police Department called its #Nightlylockup social media campaign a success Friday, and it had the numbers to back it up.

As a result of the campaign to remind people to lock up their cars, police reported 38 fewer thefts from cars during the 2017 holiday season as they did during the same time in 2016.

Although theft from cars fell, auto theft was on the rise. Madison police reported 438 cars were stolen in 2017, a 15 percent increase from 2016.

Police remind drivers to never leave their cars unattended, unlocked and running. They say the majority of car thefts are preventable.

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