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Police see increase in trailer thefts

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 1:44 p.m.

Wichita police are asking residents who own trailers to be extra diligent in securing them.

Police detectives have noticed an increase of trailer thefts in the city, according to Lt. Dan East, spokesman for the Wichita Police Department.

“We just want citizens to be aware,” East said. “It is everything from small, one-axle garden trailers to large enclosed trailers and also the large two-axle flatbed trailers that are being stolen.”

East said vehicle identification number plates are being removed. Police suggest owners apply personal identification marks to their trailers.

Traditionally, tongue locks and wheel cable locks are effective deterrents, East said, but those are being cut.

“We are asking people to take extra precautions with their trailers,” he said. “Particularly if they are leaving their trailers temporarily parked in streets, driveways or construction sites.”

Police ask anyone with information on the thefts to call detectives at 316-268-4136 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

Tips can also be sent online at www.WichitaCrimestoppers.com or via mobile phone by texting TIP217 then the message to CRIMES (274637).

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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