Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
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The records: Annual crime statistics from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Why you'd want them: To learn more about crime across the state. Annual statistics back to 2002 are readily available online.
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Where you get the records: The statistics are online at www.accesskansas.org/kbi. Click on "Statistics" and then on "Crime Stats By Year."
How much it will cost: The information is free.