The Reno County Sheriff's department is dealing with a rash of burglaries in the county.
At least 40 burglaries outside the Hutchinson City limits since late August have been reported.
Many times the burglars gain access through an open garage door, or an unlocked car.
Farm out buildings are being hit too. The thieves are taking tools, cattle, mowing equipment and more.
In one case people had new appliances stolen from a home they were moving into.
Reno County Sheriff's Captain Steven Lutz said to protect yourself, lock your doors, have good lighting.
And he said make sure you mark your property with an identification number.
"If you have a good serial number on a piece of property we can enter that into the national computer and we recover a lot of property because they have serial numbers or owner applied numbers and a lot of people don't record those", Lutz said.
Lutz said people should keep those numbers in a protected place. And consider installing a security system or cameras.
Lutz said they have leads on some of the burglaries but with the holiday season approaching, he doesn't see a let up in attempted burglaries.
Captain Lutz said if homeowners see anything suspicious they should call 911. And he added they should always keep home, garage and car doors locked.