LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – It’s about to be a ghost town in La Crosse with students headed out for spring break.
Local police said it’s more than just fun in the sun that happens during the break, it’s also when criminals strike.
Police recommend keeping your blinds closed, doors locked, and have an electrical timer turn on the lights at home during various times. Also, individuals should reroute or delay their mail; if it piles up, it lets criminals know the residence is empty.
“Targets of opportunity we call, open doors, open cars, open windows, anything they can gain access to an area to check for valuables,” said David Pehl, UW La Crosse Police.
Pehl said if you see someone checking cars or apartment doors, to report it.
“If it doesn’t look right, feel right, or sound right its probably not right, and we recommend that people should report anything that they just in their gut says that just doesn’t seem right,” said Pehl.
One student from UW La Crosse, Hannah Kaminski, said she recommends to never keep valuables in a back pocket, always up front.
“I bought a shoulder strap where I can keep my I.D., my money, my passport. Coming from a woman too, it’s so important to constantly be communicating with those you went on a trip with, where you are going, how long you think you are going to be gone, and definitely not going alone if feasible,” said Kaminski.
Officer Pehl recommends that if an individual is leaving for long periods, to have friends or family come by to check on your place.
“What I want people to understand when they go to Spring Break is have fun, but also don’t be afraid to ask for help,” said Pehl.