Friday, September 27, 2013
Burglaries are on the rise in South Wichita, police say, and officers are asking residents to be vigilant.
"Citizens are our eyes and ears to what's going on out there," Wichita Police Officer Genaro Arroyo said.
There have been enough home burglaries in south Wichita lately that officers have increased patrols and surveillance. They are also visiting affected neighborhoods, distributing flyers and asking residents to report anything that seems suspicious.
"And talking with the citizens and let them know that they can come to us or contact Crimestoppers and let us know if we can do anything to help them," Arroyo said.
He said police want to hear from residents any time they see something that looks out-of-place.
"For instance, they see somebody in their neighbor's yard that's normally not there, maybe they can contact their neighbor or contact us to have them checked out," Arroyo said.
The burglaries have been occurring in an area roughly bound by 47th Street South on the north, 63rd Street South on the south, Seneca on the west and the Arkansas River on the east. The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office as well as the Haysville and Derby Police Departments have also been investigating burglaries in the area, according to Wichita Police.
Michael Alford, who lives near the affected area shared with KAKE News surveillance video captured at his home as it was burglarized Tuesday afternoon.
The video shows one man who appears to case the home before at least one accomplice in a car backs the vehicle up the home's driveway. Eventually, the suspects took off with two televisions, about $1,000 worth of jewelry and $400 cash, according to the police report of the burglary.
Arroyo said police would much rather check out a report of a suspicious person and have it turn out to be a false alarm than to have a resident not report what may be a crime in progress.