Thursday, September 5, 2013
The number of car break-ins is on the rise in an area Wichita police say they have never had a problem in before.
Officers say criminals are watching and waiting for people to leave behind valuables in their cars and then making their move.
The break-ins are happening in the two parking lots that sit on either side of the Keeper of the Plains. Once people park and leave their purse or wallet inside their car, criminals are waiting nearby to make their move.
Thirty-five cars have been broken into in the last three months.
"It's definitely new to this area. Most of it is just a crime of opportunity an individual has noticed people are leaving purses and wallets in cars and taken the opportunity to relieve people of those items,” Officer Roddy Winder said.
Police are patrolling the parking lots but they're also asking people to take their belongings with them. They say don't bother hiding your wallet or purse, the criminals are watching.