WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Police Department patrol East posted an alert to Facebook after they say they noticed an uptick in burglaries in several neighborhoods.
The page called the northeast Wichita area a new “hot spot” for crime.
The message also tells people to lock all doors, garages and even windows, warning residents that there has been a recent rash in burglaries. It also reads that these seemingly safe neighborhoods need to be on the lookout.
“My two neighbors got robbed and then I think across the street. There’s been five or 6 here just on this block,” stated Jose Hinojosa, a College Hill resident.
Hinojosa has lived in this neighborhood for years, and up until now, he’s felt safe.
“They’ll think twice before jumping in,” stated Hinojosa.
But after his neighbor’s house was broken into, he’s taken steps to make sure his home is better protected.
“I recently got a security company too, I got two dogs. I’m just making sure I’m safe,” Hinojosa said.
Police tell KSN within a week of each other, two residents in the 900 block of North Oliver were broken into. And within three days of each other, residents from the 1200 block of Dellrose and 1200 block of Pershing also fell victim to burglaries.
Amanda Riley hopes an increased police presence will cut down on these crimes.
“Everyone needs to make sure that their doors are locked and their windows are locked,” Riley said.
Just a few miles across town, the Riverside area has seen a rash of burglaries too. However, police don’t believe those crimes are related.
Riverside resident Chrystina Jones has beefed up her home’s security in order to keep burglars out.
“I know our neighbors are really vigilant in watching who’s here and who’s in the area,” Jones said. “We notice cars and people that don’t belong.”
Wichita police tell KSN there are no suspects at this time.
Police say neighbors should see an increase of officers patrolling these areas in order to deter criminals.