Crime & Courts

May 14, 2013

Burglars target windows of houses in southwest Wichita neighborhood

Police are urging residents of a southwest Wichita neighborhood to be alert after a rash of home burglaries late Sunday night and early Monday morning.

Police are urging residents of a southwest Wichita neighborhood to be alert after a rash of home burglaries late Sunday night and early Monday morning.

The burglaries occurred in the 3300 block of South Kessler, the 3300 block of South Leonine and the 3200 block of South Gow, Lt. Doug Nolte said. The victimized houses are just a few blocks apart southeast of the intersection of 31st Street South and West.

“These are very close in proximity,” Nolte said. “They’re going to be related to each other.”

In every case, Nolte said, the burglar or burglars came into the houses through a side window. In one case, the window was open. In another, the window was closed but unlocked. The third window was forced open, he said.

Families were asleep inside each house, Nolte said. The burglar or burglars stole cash from each house and a small laptop from one of them.

As the weather warms up, people will be tempted to sleep with the windows open, he said. But that can be inviting to burglars.

Residents should keep windows and garage doors closed when they are away from the house, and “pin” a window so it won’t raise higher than six inches when open, Nolte said. Any doors from the garage into the house should be kept locked, he said, and people should use ample outdoor lighting at night to discourage burglars.

“These are all very small things you can do to help prevent being victimized,” he said.

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