Neighbors can help prevent crimes during holidays

Posted: Updated:
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.

  • NEWSNewsMore>>

  • The Latest: 300 mourn victims outside tourism boat business

    The Latest: 300 mourn victims outside tourism boat business

    Friday, July 20 2018 1:36 AM EDT2018-07-20 05:36:01 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 12:24 AM EDT2018-07-21 04:24:13 GMT
    (Andrew Jansen/The Springfield News-Leader via AP). Rescue crews work at the scene of a deadly boat accident at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., Thursday, July 19, 2018. A sheriff in Missouri said a tourist boat has apparently capsized on the lake, lea...(Andrew Jansen/The Springfield News-Leader via AP). Rescue crews work at the scene of a deadly boat accident at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., Thursday, July 19, 2018. A sheriff in Missouri said a tourist boat has apparently capsized on the lake, lea...
    A Missouri sheriff says at least 11 people have now been confirmed dead after a boat carrying tourists on a lake in a popular vacation city capsized and sank.
    A Missouri sheriff says at least 11 people have now been confirmed dead after a boat carrying tourists on a lake in a popular vacation city capsized and sank.
  • DA: No charges in death of 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez

    DA: No charges in death of 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez

    Friday, June 8 2018 6:28 PM EDT2018-06-08 22:28:48 GMT

    The last page of a report provided to the media says, "In light of the death of the sole suspect in the death of Lucas Hernandez, no charges will be filed concerning his death in February of 2018."

    The last page of a report provided to the media says, "In light of the death of the sole suspect in the death of Lucas Hernandez, no charges will be filed concerning his death in February of 2018."

  • Wichita woman among 3 killed in Utah motorcycle crash

    Wichita woman among 3 killed in Utah motorcycle crash

    KTVXKTVX

    One of the victims was identified as 53-year-old Judith Murray of Wichita. She was riding a motorcycle driven by 50-year-old Jason Murray.

    One of the victims was identified as 53-year-old Judith Murray of Wichita. She was riding a motorcycle driven by 50-year-old Jason Murray.

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have pictures to share with us? Email them to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE

<'>