Rash of Burglaries Hits Rock County

To date we have had 30 burglaries or attempted burglaries since August 16, 2007. Most of these burglaries have occurred in the northeast or southeast portions of the county, although reports have come in from all areas.

In addition, we have been working with Green and Walworth Counties reference additional burglaries that have occurred in their jurisdictions that demonstrate similarities to the cases that have been reported in our jurisdiction.

Typically, the burglaries are occurring in the daytime between 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Electronics, large screen TVs, computer monitors, and guns are some of the items that have been targeted.

With this recent rash of home burglaries and thefts throughout Rock County over the past several months, Sheriff Spoden would like to remind the citizens of Rock County of the following safety measures:

•Make sure that all locks on doors and windows are in working order.
•When you leave your home, make sure that all doors and windows are locked. Even when leaving your home momentarily to walk the dog or doing yard work it is a good idea to lock your home. Turn on your alarm system if your home is so equipped.
•Properly secure all sliding glass doors and windows regardless of what floor they are located. For added security, a wooden dowel can be placed within the sliding door track to prevent the door from being slid opened.
•Keep your garage door closed, and make sure that the interior door to your home is locked and dead bolted. This is one of the most commonly used entrances for burglars.
•Keep a record of the model and serial numbers of all valuable items like television sets, stereo equipment, computers, video/camera equipment, firearms, etc. If there is no model or serial numbers on your equipment, engrave your driver’s license number onto those items.
•Keep your vehicle locked and do not leave items of value within your vehicle, take them in your house.
•Keep valuables such as jewelry and coin collections in a safety deposit box if at all possible. If you keep these items at home, keep their location and value confidential.
•Be aware of and report all suspicious persons or vehicles to law enforcement. If at all possible, vehicle descriptions to include make, model, color, and license plate number, as well as occupant descriptions can be very helpful to law enforcement.
•Be alert in protecting your neighbors property as well as your own.
•Be very cautious of strangers. When in doubt, call law enforcement. Often times, burglars will check a home for occupants by knocking on the door. If you answer the door, they may lead you to believe they are lost and simply looking for directions and then leave the area.
•Never allow anyone into your home unless you know them.
•Do not reveal your name, phone number, or address to unknown callers. Never admit to them that you are home alone or when you will be away from home.
•Never leave notes that can inform a burglar that a home is unoccupied.
•Do not hide keys outside your home. Burglars know where to look.
•If possible, set a timer to switch the lights on and off at predetermined times. A home that appears to be occupied is a deterrent for most burglars.
•If you or a family member loses a house key, have your locks re-keyed.
•Do not advertise that you are a woman living alone. Use your first initial only along with your last name on the mailbox and for telephone listings.
•Get to know your neighbors. Look out for your neighbor’s property just as you would want them to watch out for yours.

If you are planning to be away for an extended period of time:

•Leave information with a trusted neighbor as to where you can be contacted if necessary. Have them occasionally park their car in your driveway.
•Have someone watch your house, mow your lawn and pickup mail and newspapers.
•Do not leave the lights on 24 hours a day.
•Leave drapes in a normal position to maintain a lived-in appearance.

If citizens should see any suspicious vehicles and/or persons, they should immediately dial 757-2244 to report the incident.

Anyone with any further information on these or any other crimes should contact the Rock County Detective Bureau at 608-757-7923.


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