Chief warns of burglary spike


FORT MADISON – A rash of localized burglaries has prompted Fort Madison Chief of Police Tim Sittig to issue a warning to residents to be aware of their property’s security and make sure things are locked and secure.

‘Recently there has been a spike in vehicle and garage burglaries within the community,” Sittig wrote. “The most recent events occurred over the weekend of March 25-26. During this time there were approximately six break-ins on the west side of the city.”

Sittig indicated vehicles had been ransacked as well as garages. In many of the cases the vehicles and buildings were unlocked and access was easy.

Sittig is asking all residents to double check their vehicles, homes, and entrances to be sure they locked. And to make sure all valuables are removed from cars, and all overhead doors are pulled down and locked.

“The more difficult it is for a would-be burglar or thief to commit a crime, the more likely it is they will not victimize you,” he wrote.

The police department is actively investigating the cases and seeking leads, according to Sittig, He asked anyone with information or knowledge of the incidents to contact the Fort Madison Police Department at 319-372-2525.


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