MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police are reminding people to lock their cars and homes amid an uptick in car thefts and burglaries.
The department's burglary crime unit held a community discussion Wednesday to talk about potential solutions to the problem. Detective Sgt. Deb Plantz tells 27 News personal responsibility is a key component.
"We really need the community's help in trying to decrease the amount of burglaries and stolen cars we're seeing around the area," Sgt. Plantz says. "That does involve locking up your cars at night, closing your garage doors, and making sure they're shut."
Madison police say in December 2019, 56 cars were reported stolen. Of those, 54 has keys in easily accessible areas.