Police urge residents to practice home safety after string of burglaries in Lenexa

Posted at 1:18 PM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-31 18:38:38-04

Lenexa Police are investigating after several home burglaries were reported over the last few days.

"It's unusual that we had three or four of them over the course of just a couple of days," Lenexa Police Officer, Danny Chavez said. "We are working to investigate those."

The burglaries happened near the areas of 89th and Lackman, 80th and Constance and 86th and Haven.

"It’s uncomfortable you know leaving your family here during the day," Wade Wasinger said. 

Wasinger has lived in the area for more than a decade, and with the recent home invasions, he says he being even more vigilant.

"As summer time warms up, it gets a little more active in the park but yeah here lately it’s been a little crazy out here," he said.

Lenexa Police released this video on their Facebook page urging anyone to ID the person was shown, who they say may be involved, but right now, everything remains under investigation.

"We’re still trying to see if they’re even connected," Chavez said. "It's kind of a suspicion of ours, but at this point, we have detectives right now working to follow up on some pretty good leads."

Police urge residents to practice home safety such as locking all doors and windows, closing garage doors, keeping your house well lit, and keeping a close eye on shrubs close to ground floor windows. 

"Shrubbery can provide concealment to a burglar," Chavez said. "So trim that back, try not to have shrubs that go past your windows in height ."

"We’re pretty observant," Janet said. "But it makes you want to be more observant."

"We just all kind of tighten up as a neighborhood and keep an extra eye out for people that we don’t think should be here," Wasinger said. 

Chavez says that's one of the most important things to do: getting to know your neighbors.

"It’s warm weather, get out, barbecue with each other, but also watch out for each other, because you really are the eyes and ears of your neighborhood," Chavez said.

Police say right now they're working on following up on some pretty good leads, but everything is still an ongoing investigation.

The Lenexa Police Department does offer a Vacation Watch Program where officers will check on your home while you're away.