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Thefts From Cars In South End Of Town Prompt Reminder From Police

Lock your cars. Don't keep cell phones, purses, GPS units, digital music players or even small change in sight if they are left in vehicles.

 

This information was provided by the Madison Police Department:

Madison Police are advising residents to lock their cars in the wake of recent sporadic reports of thefts from unattended vehicles.

 

Within the past six weeks, Madison Police have investigated six reports of thefts or attempted thefts from vehicles.  These reported have occurred in the portion of town south of Interstate 95.  We are reminding residents to keep items such as purses, GPS Units, cellular phones, digital music players and small change secured and out of sight if left in vehicles. 

 

Madison Police are reminding residents to lock their vehicles while unattended, to include while parked in a driveway. 

 

Authorized by Commander John J. Rich

Jim Williams October 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM
You can bet there will be line item transfers of tax payer funds within the Troop M police country club retirement community to fight this violent crime wave. More personnel and equipment will be required now that all those cops finally have something to do, although reactionary. With most of the public safety concerns in town being ignored, all we do get for our tax payer bucks is a warning from the poopoo to lock our cars.
Sarah Page Kyrcz October 17, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Jim. What are the public safety concerns the police are ignoring? Should Madison residents be concerned about their safety?
Pem McNerney (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Sarah, I have not heard of any public safety concerns that are being ignored. If JW has heard of any, I welcome him to contact me directly or any member of the police commission or another town official. JW ... if you do have a specific concern and don't know how to go about contacting those people, let me know. Having said that, again, I have not heard of any reports of public safety being ignored. People in town who are speaking on the record have had good things to say about the department's recent work and record. I appreciate the police department issuing these reminders. We live in a small town that feels safe. According to our town officials, our police department is well run and is doing a good job of keeping it that way. It's easy to feel complacent and leave our doors unlocked. But why put temptation in someone's way? Good advice from the police department.
Jim Williams October 17, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Good question Sarah. Answer:YES, Madison residents should be concerned about their safety. A lack of proactive enforcement on all public safety fronts. The new lackadaisical culture of the police of just responding to citizen complaints, rather than being proactive and detecting public safety violations in advance of a complaint is unacceptable. We are sure they are capable of doing an adequate job after the fact but by then the damage will have been done, people injured, property damaged and so on. Read about many public safety arrests or serious crimes detected? Nope, we didn't think so. Compare all this to a nearby town like Branford and see the difference of how they do it in a professionally managed P.D.. Proof that it can be done. What Madison Police are apparently doing now has been tried before and failed in other locations, giving the public a false sense of security. This makes Madison a more desirable community by keeping the crime rate statistics down and our locals happy. The best way to do this is by not holding them accountable or ticketing them for public safety violations. They are, after all, the tax payers and voters who will ultimately determine the police budget. If the police don't find public safety violations on their own or if people don't report them, then on paper, they never happened. That makes Madison one of the safest towns in the state and a feather in the cap of the police department for a job well done when it is actually a job not done.
Matt October 17, 2012 at 04:31 PM
So in that entire long rant, he cited not a single example of what these concerns actually are. This was an excellent example of how to say lot without actually saying anything at all. So he is claiming there is a problem. But won't say what that problem is, when/where it is occuring, when it happened, who is responsible, or cited any examples. Likely conclusion: No such problem actually exists, except perhaps in his head.
Matt October 17, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Regarding the GPS thing... If you take the GPS off the dash but leave the mount, that defeats the purpose. The mount tells a thief that you have a GPS in the glove box or center console. They'll smash the window and look for it. If it is there, it will be stolen. If you took it in the house, you're left with a broken window and tossed car. Do when you take out or hide your electronics, make sure you take out of hid the mounts and other gizmos that go with it.
Die Hard October 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I do not trust or believe anything Troop M...I mean the Madison PD says. Chief Drumm can not be trusted. A few months ago, an officer was fired. Why did Drumm hide this from the press?
Sarah Page Kyrcz October 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM
@Die Hard. Which officer was fired. I know we have had lots of retirements lately, but I wonder who you ate referring to?
Jim Williams October 18, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Okay, we were wrong, concede and now agree with Matt and Pem who are obviously right on this one. Now that they have finally set the story straight, it is sure nice to know that Madison is unique / totally different from all other surrounding Connecticut / New England towns regarding ongoing motor vehicle violations and criminal activity. There actually aren't any public safety concerns that the Madison Police should be detecting and enforcing, as the honor system is apparently working well with crime statistics virtually non existent. It's finally out in the open that motor vehicle law violators and the criminal element entering Madison abruptly change into divine law abiding citizens, that is, until they reach the town line out of town where all bets are off. Hope the government didn't use any magical fairy dust to accomplish this.
Matt October 18, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Nobody said that. In fact neither I nor Pem have claimed anything is or is not happening. You're making accusations of "something" but not saying what "something" is. You've been asked several times to explain what these problems you see are, or provide some examples. You have not done so. You went on a very lengthy rant with no actual content. You keep claiming the police aren't doing anything about "the problems" but won't say what "these problems" are. And you're surprised nobody is taking your seriously? If you have a legitimate problem, say so. Every time someone has done so, Pem has brought it to police department's attention. What do you want her to do, storm into Drumm's office and tell him "You better fix something! I don't know what, but you better fix it!"
Pem McNerney (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I could do that. And he'd look at me like I am nuts. I did hear that there might be another retirement forthcoming. At a recent Board of Selectmen meeting, it came up, but I have not been able to confirm it with the police department. I'm not sure why they were not able to confirm it, other than that it might be in process, rather than final. As soon as it is final and confirmed I will report on it. It was characterized as a retirement, not a firing. And the officer, who was in attendance at the meeting, was praised and thanked by First Selectman Fillmore McPherson for his work. So it didn't seem like, on the surface, that there was anything more going on there other than an individual in the PD making a decision about his future. Of course, I'm not privy to the internal workings of the PD, so it'd be hard for me to say if something more was going on there. As soon as I know more, I'll do a story about it. JW ... if you have anything specific you want me to ask of the police, the police commissioners, the selectman, I'm happy to do that. Again, my email is pem.mcnerney@patch.com. I've contacted you by email to see if there is anything more you want me to check on, and have not heard back. I did check the recent PD budget submitted to the town and did not see a line item for magical fairy dust.
tjo992 October 20, 2012 at 11:16 PM
jw you is a trollllll gtfo
Die Hard October 21, 2012 at 02:54 AM
I will not name him..it was not a retirement. It occured a few weeks ago
Jim Williams October 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Matt. If the police aren't doing much of anything then the problem is everything. Very simple to comprehend by most people who do actually take this seriously in the interest of public safety.
Jim Williams October 22, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Okay, just look up Selective Traffic Enforcement for starters. It uses traffic accident statistics that Madison P.D. already has from their own data as well as from uniform state accident reports to address the primary cause of accidents in high accident area locations through ticketing enforcement, which statistically reduces future accidents, property damage, injuries and deaths by set percentage goals. An added bonus is that violent criminals often get caught, who would not have if it wasn't for this type of pro-active traffic stop enforcement. How's Madison PD doing with that these days?
Matt October 22, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Jim, That is exactly what I and others were looking for when asking what you meant. You just said "things" without saying what kind of things or where. Now that you've provided an example, your comments on this matter have some useful meaning. Increasing enforcement in known problem areas should be common sense, although we know that common sense isn't always common. What you're suggesting could be applied to pretty much any problem, be it traffic, thefts, etc, although results may vary. This overall subject could be an interesting topic for an article, Pem. What statistically are the things requiring police assistance in town? And what is the PD doing to mitigate it, or what could they do if they aren't. Also, more importantly, what can the citizens do to help mitigate it. There are 4 cops on the road vs thousands of the rest of us that can make a difference. No matter how hard the police try, they're still only 4 sets of eyes and 4 cars in a geographically large town.
Jim Williams October 23, 2012 at 08:06 PM
What does gtfo stand for?

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