Police warn of increase in house burglaries

Published On: Jan 28 2013 03:48:55 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 29 2013 05:59:11 PM CST
La Crosse police car
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

The La Crosse Police Department says there has been an increase in the number of apartments and houses burglarized in the neighborhoods between the UW-La Crosse and Western Technical College campuses.

Police say the suspect(s) have been breaking into the front doors of the homes/apartments in the late afternoon and early evening and taking TVs and other electronics.

Police want to remind residents to keep their doors locked and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement.

If you have any information on the recent burglaries, you’re asked to contact the La Crosse Police Department at (608) 785-5962. You can also remain anonymous by calling the La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 784-8477 or text “laxtips” to Crimes (274-637).

Here are some tips on general safety guidelines from the La Crosse Police Department:
-Make your home look occupied and make it difficult to break in.
-Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it’s for a short time, lock your doors.
-Leave lights, radio or TV on when you go out. Use a timer if you will be gone for a length of time.
-Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
-Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
-Have adequate outside lighting with motion sensitive lights.

-Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call the police.