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Burglars, Beware

7/22/2010
Contact: Capt. Jeff Easter |

WPD, residents’ efforts to combat burglaries paying off

Wichita Police Department (WPD) officials on Thursday announced some good news regarding a recent spate of residential burglaries in the Wichita area.

Wichita resident are increasingly watching activity in their neighborhoods and making calls about suspicious characters or suspected burglaries, officials said. The calls have provided responding police officers with license plate numbers and good descriptions of vehicles and suspects. As a result, so far in July police have responded to eight burglaries-in-progress calls, resulting in 17 arrests. Stories of residents helping to catch suspected burglaries were shared during a Thursday news briefing.

“Wichitans have answered the call to pay closer attention to activity in their neighborhoods,” Police Chief Norman Williams said. “WPD thanks them for the response.”

In May, WPD began raising greater awareness about burglaries. Summer is a busy season for burglars, because residents often leave entrances open to their homes. Residents should take precautions to secure their homes and call 911 for any suspicious activity in neighborhoods. Following are tips to help prevent burglaries and keep Wichitans safer:

  • Lock all doors and windows to your home;
  • Keep your garage door closed at all times;
  • Inscribe electronic equipment with the last four digits of your Social Security Number or your Drivers License number;
  • Document serial numbers of all items in your residence and;
  • If you go on vacation, ask a trusted neighbor to check your home each day.
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