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Flashing signs to remind Wichitans to hide valuables, lock cars while shopping

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at 6:52 p.m.

Wichita police and city officials are reminding people to safely store valuables in their vehicles during the holiday shopping season.

Through December, flashing message signs placed at busy shopping centers will encourage shoppers to hide purchases and valuables, pocket keys and lock vehicles as they nab holiday deals.

The program, in its sixth year, offers the tips to help curb increased vehicle break-ins usually seen as people focus on holiday gift buying, according to a news release from the city. It’s put on by the Wichita Police Department and Wichita’s Public Works and Utilities departments.

The signs, which resemble construction zone message boards, have been placed on Rock Road near Towne East Square and on Maple near Towne West Square. As Christmas approaches, they will be moved to other high-volume shopping centers.

Reaach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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