Police tips: holidays bring joy and thieves
A second floor tenant at the Heritage Apartment of Basehor complex was lucky: the $1,200 worth of items stolen from his apartment last month were recovered quickly and returned.
Two men are charged in Leavenworth County District Court with theft and robbery for their role in the break-in. Charges against two others are pending in the case, police said.
But other area residents might not be so lucky when it comes to break-ins and theft, and that's why the Basehor Police Department is urging caution in safeguarding property this holiday season.
"Normally a thief will only take a glance before moving on," Basehor Police Chief Vince Weston said, citing the need to keep vehicles and homes secure during the holidays.
The police department suggests the following tips for protecting vehicles and homes during the holidays:
- Christmas presents should be kept in the trunk while out shopping. If the vehicle doesn't have a trunk, presents should be covered with cloths matching the vehicle's interior.
- Home Christmas trees that are displayed in the window, should not have presents underneath them.
- If homeowners are going out of town for the holidays, a neighbor should be available to watch the home and a house watch form should be filled out at the police department.
- Homes should be equipped with working smoke detectors.
The police department also suggests the following winter driving tips for motorists:
- Have blankets, flashlights, bottled water and a cell phone inside vehicles in case of a breakdown.
- Check brakes, tires, batteries and anti-freeze.
- Windows should be left cracked in case of exhaust fumes.
For more safety tips for the winter and holiday season, contact the Basehor Police Department at (913) 724-1370.