Police: More than 1,100 vehicles stolen in Wichita this year

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police say more than 1,100 vehicles have been reported stolen so far this year.

Officer Charley Davidson said that between January 1 and June 30, 1,164 vehicles were stolen, which is 178 more vehicles than the the same time frame in 2016.

In 109 of this years cases, just under 10 percent, the vehicles had the keys left in them. 

"Many times, we think leaving keys in our vehicles is something that is only of concern during the winter months...as we leave the keys in the car to warm up," Officer Davidson said. "But in reality, it's a concern that's all year long."

The Wichita Police Department reminds drivers to keep their cars locked and take their keys with them.

"And make sure that you also hide your items. If its something in your vehicle that's in plain view, it raises the possibility of being a victim of larceny from your vehicle."

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