‘Make sure they’re locked’: West Wichita neighbors talk security after auto thefts


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Neighbors in a west Wichita neighborhood woke up to a shocking discovery Sunday morning. Some vehicles were missing from driveways, and others were tampered with.

KSN met with those neighbors who say it’s a reminder to be safe with your property.

They say it was a frustrating experience, and some residents even captured the acts on home surveillance cameras.

A failed attempt.

“See if it was unlocked, in fact, it was locked, and I’m very thankful that it was,” said Kelly Arnold, Wichita.

And a successful attempt of breaking into a vehicle, all captured on home surveillance footage. It was an especially alarming discovery for owner Tim Scott.

“Woke up and came outside and opened the garage door and the truck was gone,” said Tim Scott, Wichita.

It wasn’t the only one for the neighborhood. David Hughes was contacted by police early Sunday.

“Are you the owner of this black Sonata, I found the registration in the glove box, and I’m like oh my God, where’s my car?” said David Hughes, Wichita.

Wichita police says they received one report of a vehicle burglary and three auto thefts near West 17th street and 119th street over a 24 hour time frame. They say it’s unknown if they’re related.

In both cases, the doors were unlocked with keys inside, a reminder that’s it’s important to lock up.

“Check your garage door, make sure it’s locked, check your cars, make sure they’re locked,” said Hughes.

And have security measures on your property.

“It’s kind of surreal to see somebody doing this to your vehicle, on TV, you don’t think it’s going to happen to you, or your neighbor,” said Arnold.

The two vehicles were recovered by police, but they encourage citizens to lock doors, not leave valuables out, and report suspicious activity. They add that overall Patrol West has seen a significant drop in auto thefts and burglaries compared to this time last year.

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