The Wichita Police and Public Works and Utilities departments are working together to reduce property thefts over the holiday season. Crews will be placing portable message signs, similar to construction zone signs, near east and west Wichita shopping areas. This is the sixth consecutive year WPD and Public Works and Utilities have placed the signs near busy shopping areas.
“Hide your items, take your keys, lock your vehicle,” said Seiler. “This is a busy time of year for thieves, and by giving shoppers a heads-up we hope to prevent auto thefts and vehicular break-ins in high-volume shopping areas.”
Beginning today, the flashing message boards will be in place on Rock Road near Towne East Square and on West Maple near Towne West Square. Later in December the signs will be moved to other shopping areas in Wichita. The signs, which will operate 24-hours a day, will remain in place through the month of December. The messages will remind shoppers to lock their cars and hide valuables.