Two incidents add to a growing trend of car thefts in the Madison area.
Sometime Monday night, thieves entered two unlocked cars on the 4800 block of Marathon Dr, according to a Madison Police Department incident report. Most of the crimes of this nature have been occurring to unlocked vehicles during the evening.
Cars, trucks, SUV’s and vans are all being targeted in the Near West Side of Madison. This area contains many residential areas such as Regent, Westmorland, Sunset Hills, Rocky Bluff, Sunset Village and Hill Farms.
This January has seen a four-year record high in motor vehicle theft. Already there have been 98 reported cases in 2016 compared to just 73 in 2015, 48 in 2014 and 85 in 2013.
Victims are reporting that their cars are being looked through for items to steal. The MPD encouraged residents in the report to lock their doors and to report any suspicious behavior.