Maize sees increase in criminal mischief

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MAIZE, Kan. -- Maize Police are asking residents in some neighborhoods to be on the look out for nighttime vandals creating mischief.

It's happened in the Maize neighborhood along Plantation and Longbranch streets where in the past two weeks police have seen a 29% increase in what they call criminal mischief.

Brandi Kendall had noticed lights outside her bedroom window late at night recently. But when she and her husband went outside they found nothing. Then one morning she discovered four of her sidewalk landscape lights snapped off.

The lights weren't expensive but Kendall is still concerned.
"Yeah it's just a start, I don't know how far it's going to go within the block", Kendall said. "We have other things that are worth more value than lights, but, you know, it's still my stuff, don't mess with it."

Maize Police say some other problems in the area include graffiti and trash containers moved. Some residents think someone may have entered their garage or home through unlocked doors.

W.E. May has security cameras on his home and noticed some late night loitering. "Naturally, it concerns us you know, we don't want to be a victim", May said. "We don't want to have someone on our property and we're not aware of it. We definitely don't want to have to buy or replace anything that's stolen, any valuables."

Police Chief Matt Jensby said it appears juveniles are behind the mischief and the damage isn't extensive. But he said homeowners should protect their property.

"When people leave their vehicles open", Jensby said. "When their garage doors are open or items outside their home, of course, those are easy for somebody, just to walk by and pick up."

There is a curfew for juveniles in Maize from July first through August 31st from 11 pm to 6 am and on Fridays it's midnight to 6 am. Chief Jensby said if residents see anything suspicious call 911.

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