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Police urge residents to lock cars, prevent thefts

Middleton police are asking residents to do a few simple things to prevent thefts from cars.

In a release from the department this week, police say most thefts from cars happen when items are left out in the open in unlocked cars. 

According to the release, there were 167 thefts from vehicles in Middleton since January 2012. Thieves forced their way into the vehicles in only three of those cases, police said.

Police are asking residents to remove valuable items, like phones, cameras or GPS units from cars. They also advise locking vehicles at all times, even when it is parked in a garage or parking ramp.

Call the Middleton Police Department at 824-7300 with questions or to report a theft.

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