Police Rely On Community To Report Suspicious Activity

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From burglaries to robberies, police look to citizens for help.

But you don't have to witness a crime in progress to offer assistance.  Often spotting something out of the ordinary is enough.

Madison Police's Lt. John Stringer says, "So many times we hear from people that they thought that something was inconsequential.  They didn't want to bother the police, because they've got better things to do, and the truth of the matter is, that's exactly what we're here for."

It's obvious police should get involved when you see a crime, but what if it's just something vaguely suspicious?

Police say trust your gut.

Lt. Stringer explains, "You know what belongs in your neighborhood.  You know what's supposed to be on your street.  You know who comes and goes at your neighbors' houses."

Those tips help police in a big way, often bigger than you'd expect.

Lt. Stringer adds, "Very often, it's that very minor small complaint as people think that'll break a case that leads to us clearing fifteen, twenty cases.  Not only in our city limits, but across jurisdictional boundaries."

Stringer says the bottom line is, "We simply can't be as effective as we want to be and as our citizens want us to be without that partnership with the citizens."

So police ask that you do your part, and keep your eyes open.

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