Neighborhood Meeting with Police-
To address the concerns of recent thefts and vandelism in the neighborhood, we will be having a meeting with MPD at 6pm on Tuesday July 9th. The meeting will be held at the East Police Precinct. The objective is to share concerns with area police and listen to ideas/thoughts on preventing future crimes in our neighborhood.
(6/21/13) There has been a recent rash of thefts and vandalism in Grandview Commons. There are reports of items stolen from cars, including breaking a window to gain access as well as items stolen from garages during the day. In addition to the thefts, there has been vandalism to vehicles (eggings).
If you witness suspicious behavior or persons in our neighborhood, please contact the police immediately. If you are a victim, please take the time to report it to the police.
Many neighbors are greatly concerned with these events and are working toward finding a solution. We have called and requested a meeting with the Madison Police Dept (stay tuned for a meeting date). Many neighbors are also sharing information on a website for only our neighborhood. https://grandviewcommons.nextdoor.com/login. It's a bit different than our FB pages in that you must live in the neighborhood to become a member and only members can access the information on the site.
Please help prevent thefts/vandelism by:
Keep house and car doors locked
Park your car in the garage
Close blinds at night
Leave exterior lights on overnight
Keep your garage door closed (even during the day while working in the back yard)
Keep your eyes open to suspicious people/activities
Link to East Side Police Department Newsletter
Neighborhood safety continues to be an important issue for MPNA. Please be sure to contact the MPNA board at board@MyMPNA.org with any traffic or safety concerns.
The East District Police Station newsletter can be found here at http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/east/newsletters/
The CrimeReports.com web site provides up to date information regarding crime in and around Madison, and specifically in our neighborhood.
Remember these three easy steps to creating a safer place to live... Light it up. Lock it up. And be a very good witness.
Also, unlocked cars invite repeat thefts for not only your vehicle but that of your neighbors. A theif who finds that a neighborhood is diligent about locking up will find it a tiring endeveour and will look elsewhere. With the weather warming up in a few months remember to keep your garage doors closed to prevent intruders from access to your garage and your house.
WHEN SHOULD I CALL 9-1-1?
• WHEN YOU SEE A CRIME HAPPENING:
burglary, battery, weapons, child abuse, you hear someone calling for help, drunk driver, hit-and-run accident, robbery
• WHEN SOMEONE IS HURT AND NEEDS AN AMBULANCE
• WHEN YOU SEE AN UNCONTROLLED FIRE
• WHEN THERE IS A SERIOUS CAR CRASH
WHEN SHOULD I CALL A NON-EMERGENCY NUMBER? (255-2345 OR 266-4275)
• TO REPORT OTHER PROBLEMS:
animal complaints, parking complaints, noise complaints, neighbor problems, fender-bender crashes, report drug or prostitution activity, damage to property, disorderly conduct, trespass, suspicious activity.
WHEN DO I FILE SELF-REPORTS? (245-3662)
• in cases where there is no suspect information yet you have suffered property loss or damage.
OTHER USEFUL NUMBERS:
• SPEEDERS HOTLINE 266-4624
• ABANDONED VEHICLE REPORT 266-4624
• BIKE RECOVERY 267-8611
• CRIME STOPPERS 266-6014
• CENTRAL DISTRICT 266-4923
• EAST DISTRICT 267-2100
• NORTH DISTRICT 243-5258
• SOUTH DISTRICT 266-5938
• WEST DISTRICT 288-6176
KEEP YOUR VEHICLE LOCKED AT ALL TIMES!
IT IS YOUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE.
Whether it is the change you keep in your console, stacks of CD's and tapes or items kept in the glove box, your property becomes pure profit for a thief.
Go through your glove box and console and remove property that, if stolen, would pave the way for Identity Theft.
When shopping, be sure to put purchases in the vehicle trunk. If your vehicle does not have a trunk, place the packages on the floor or the rear seat and cover them. Consider taking purchases home before continuing to another shopping destination.
Lock your vehicle door as soon as you are seated. If you put your seatbelt on first and then lock your door, a stranger could open the door and demand your property while you are stuck in a 3-point restraint.
When parking your vehicle, personal safety and property security is enhanced when parking both near a light source and within sight of your destination. Always scan your environment and be alert.
Do not hide a key on your vehicle. Rather, have a trusted person hold a second key for you. Know your license plate number in the event your vehicle is stolen or you simply cannot locate the vehicle in a lot.
If you see suspicious activity in the area of your vehicle, be a good witness and inform your neighbors of such. If you are part of a neighborhood watch, share the information. If you suspect illegal activity, please contact law enforcement.
When approaching your vehicle, have your key in hand so you're not searching your purse or pockets or wallet while standing at the door.