Wichita Police are warning people, don’t become the next victim of a car break-in. They’re especially concerned about a West Wichita neighborhood where thefts are on the rise.
The culprits are taking purses, money and electronics.
“This is a quiet neighborhood, you don’t expect things like that to happen around here,” said Larry McCreary, Wichita.
Walking door to door passing out flyers is how several police officers started the day in Wichita’s Westlink neighborhood.
The goal? To share a message about a crime that some living in the neighborhood are too familiar with.
“We’re just letting everybody know in the neighborhood we’ve had some vehicles broken into overnight,” said Officer Lori Hahn, Wichita Police.
“Rear window was broken out, side window was broken out, tools were stolen,” said McCreary.
Larry McCreary says it’s happened twice to his vehicle in three years. Police say besides breaking windows, thieves look for an open handle or an opportunity to walk away with a big prize.
And they want neighbors to be aware.
“Neighborhoods have to take care of each other in order for that neighborhood to be safe,” said Officer Carl Lemons, Wichita Police.
Officer Carl Lemons says from April 22nd to May 22nd, there were 21 thefts from vehicles in the Westlink neighborhood. He says it can sometimes lead to more serious crimes.
“Take that garage door opener and enter someone’s house at a later date,” said Lemons.
Crime data is highlighting this area, but police want people to be aware of the crime wherever they are.
And police are hoping their efforts will help another person not fall victim to the crime and do things differently.
“Remove all the valuables from inside the car and bring them in overnight,” said Hahn.
“Nothing of value is in the car now,” said McCreary.
Police say if you see something, say something and this includes taking note of a person’s clothing, if they’re carrying anything with them, what direction they go, and if they got into a car or home.