Wichita Police Urge Residents To Take Valuables Out Of Cars

By: Natasha Trelfa Email
By: Natasha Trelfa Email

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This comes on the heels of officers arresting one man they say is responsible for nearly a dozen car break-ins.

The Wichita Police Department was out Wednesday in parts of west Wichita, putting notices on people's doors that has a list of ways to minimize your risk of having your car broken into.

It's a mistake officers say encourages thieves to break into your car: leaving everything from purses to sunglasses, in sight. It's a mistake that could possibly cost you thousands of dollars in mere seconds.

"That's just the time it takes to look away and look back, it's done," said Lieutenant Darrell Atteberry.

Just this week, officers arrested Larry Wilson for nearly a dozen car break ins. While officers said many parts of the city have actually seen a reduction in car break-ins since December, other areas are still struggling.

"The greatest number of larcenies from autos happen right in people's driveways," said Atteberry.

While keeping things out of sight is key, Atteberry says cataloging your items is equally important. He suggests you write the item down, its model, make, serial number, when you bought it, and how much it cost.

That's something some residents said they take a step further.

"I actually have Polaroid's of my big ticket items and their manuals that have the model number and the serial number," said Belinda Siemiller, a Wichita resident.

Wichita police said they try to take an aggressive, proactive approach to reminding people how to prevent car break ins, but said the best line of defense stems from residents keeping their guard up and their valuables hidden.

"The most important thing to do is keep property out of sight," said Atteberry.

If you're a victim of theft, Wichita police have created an on line packet with a list of who you need to call, like credit card companies and banks.

They also provide you with dispute forms to handle fraudulent charges.

To learn more, click on the links below.

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