DERBY, Kan. -- Derby Police officers have responded to 75 home and business burglaries so far this year.
Last year, the total number of burglaries was 74, which was lower than in 2011 when the total hit 94.
"We're concerned that burglaries are increasing and we're doing a number of proactive things in an attempt to apprehend offenders in this case," said Derby Police Chief Robert Lee.
Lee said burglaries are occurring throughout the city limits of Derby. He fears the number of burglaries will increase with the holiday season approaching and thieves tempted by presents left underneath trees.
Since most burglaries occur during the daytime when many people are at work or school, Lee is encouraging neighbors to report any suspicious people or activity and inform neighbors if they will be leaving a home vacant for long periods of time.
"It really is unsettling. Doesn't seem right that they want to prey on a nice neighborhood," said Jonathan Anderson, homeowner. "I hope whoever it is or whoever they are get caught soon."
Officers are also encouraging people to protect their homes by increasing lighting, closing garage doors, and locking doors.
Derby Police officers can provide a home security survey for free. To schedule an appointment, call 316-788-1557.