Wichita, Kan. -- They strike empty houses or buildings, sometimes looking for copper , other times just looking to make a mess. Even though vandals are targeting vacant buildings, the crimes are not victimless.
A vacant house on north Emporia used to be Lisa's home. She says at first, she loved living there.
"The feeling I had when I purchased that home wasn't the feeling I had when I left that home,” Lisa said.
Her long list of troubles started when her home was burglarized.
"If you ever work so hard for your things and you ever come home and your back door and front door is open and you're scared to go in your home, I mean that's not a good feeling,” Lisa said.
Shortly after, she and her family moved out and put the house on the market, but the break-ins continued.
"We would go there to cut the yard, while we had the house on the market and there was windows being broken, the back door was kicked in,” Lisa said.
Lisa says the house was vandalized 3 times She doesn't own the home anymore but just this week police reports show someone broke into the still vacant house. They broke eight windows and kicked holes in the walls.
“Well unfortunately it's pretty common. There's a lot of vacant residences out there a lot of vacant commercial buildings and it makes for an easy target,” Lt. Joe Cutcliff with the Wichita Police Department said.
Lisa says after her experience, she doesn't want to make herself a target again. She asked us not to share her last name or her new address, which she says she's learned to keep a very close eye on.
"But now, every day I walk around my property. When I enter into my home, I check everything. I even go upstairs to make sure everything is fine and it makes me feel secure doing that so,” Lisa said.