West District Blotter: Verona Road Construction

The next phase of the Beltline/Verona Road construction project will begin this coming Monday (February 24). This phase will entail reconstruction of Verona Road from the Beltline to Raymond Road. This will involve some lane closures and other changes to normal traffic flow. Access to businesses in the area will be maintained, but those who are able should consider the use of alternate routes to avoid delays and congestion.

If you drive through this area, particularly during rush hours, please plan on taking extra time to get to your destination. If you choose to use an alternate route, please drive carefully and be mindful that some routes are not intended for heavy traffic or highway speeds.

Wisconsin DOT has a website dedicated to the project with more details:

http://projects.511wi.gov/web/veronaroad-18-151/

West District Community Survey

MPD regularly conducts community surveys to help us recognize issues and prioritize our efforts.  The 2013 West District survey is now available:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013MPDWest

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, and feel free to pass it along to any email lists/groups you may have for your West District neighborhoods.

Thanks

Captain Victor Wahl
Madison Police Department – West District
1710 McKenna Boulevard
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 243-0503
vwahl@cityofmadison.com

Thefts From Vehicles

Unfortunately, thefts from vehicles continue to be an all-too frequent offense., In fact, more than 300 thefts from motor vehicles have been reported in the West District so far this year., These incidents are very difficult to investigate after the fact, so doing what you can to avoid being a victim is highly recommended., Please remember these simple tips:

  • Always lock your vehicle when you’re not in it.
  • Avoid leaving money or items of value in your vehicle., If you must leave them in your vehicle, be sure that they aren’t visible.
  • Many thefts from vehicles are taking place out of private residential garages, so keep your vehicles locked while in your garage and keep your garage doors closed.

West District personnel will be providing some extra focus on the theft from vehicle problem this month.,, Following these simple steps will help us help you, and will greatly reduce your chances of being victimized.

Traffic Safety

Now that school is back in session, please remember to slow down and drive safely, especially in school zones. MPD frequently receives complaints about poor driving around schools: excessive speed, failing to yield to pedestrians, etc.  Unfortunately, we also investigate too many traffic accidents around schools…so please make the effort to drive with caution around schools and keep our kids safe….

-Madison Police Department, West District

MPD Citizen’s Academy

Madison Police Department has started to accept applications for the 2013 MPD Citizen’s Academy. The CItizen’s Academy is a great way to learn about police work and the challenges faced every day by Madison police officers. More information and an application to attend are available here:

http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/west/