Neighbors can help prevent crimes during holidays

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Local law enforcement are reminding people to talk to your neighbors to help prevent crimes during the holidays.

"I can't tell you how many times the general public has been the reason why we went to a burglary because people don't have alarms and that sort of thing. If your neighbors know, there's a better chance that we might know," said Deputy Tim Hallacy, Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say watchful neighbors can help pick up mail, watch homes, and report suspicious activity.

"We keep an eye on everybody across the street, down the street. Everybody watches out for everybody. It makes life a lot simpler hence why there's no problems," said Bob Dix, neighbor. 

Dix has been living in his Oaklawn home for 20 years and was a victim of a burglary during a vacation 12 years ago. He said burglars broke into his home in the middle of the night and stole various items from his home. 

"Everybody is upset. My wife was upset, my daughter," said Dix. "When we go on vacation now, we make arrangements for people to come over."

Deputies say it is important to create the illusion that a home is occupied during vacations and holidays.

"If you can contact a possible neighbor or a family member, move cars, turn lights on and off irregularly, make sure that the mail is checked. Basically, more to make it look like it's occupied currently, make it look like there's a current transition between occupied and unoccupied," said Hallacy.

You can also file a vacation watch with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office by clicking here or the Wichita Police Department by clicking here.

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