Winfield Police Department officers have worked a growing number of burglary and motor-vehicle reports this week, including more than 15 vehicles burglarized Thursday morning.

The majority of these reports involved unlocked vehicles, with many having valuables or bags left in plain sight. Most reports this week have been in the Southwestern College area and surrounding neighborhoods.

While officers are working to solve the existing reports, the WPD asks residents to do the following to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of these crimes:

• Do not leave valuables or bags in plain sight.

• Do not leave vehicles unlocked.

• Park in a well-lit area when possible.

• Keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

In Ark City, police are educating the public about similar information in a campaign called “No Valuables November.”

The initiative comes during a time when thefts of presents left in cars are at their highest, police said.

“The department is hopeful that through personal contact, media outreach and community cooperation, we can work toward fewer motor vehicle thefts and burglaries,” Police Chief Dan Ward said.

Anyone witnessing suspicious activity in Winfield should report it by calling (620) 221-5555. In Ark City, call (620) 441-6601. If there is a crime in progress, call 911. 

Those wishing to remain anonymous and provide information on who is responsible for these crimes or any in Winfield, call Cowley County Crime Stoppers at (620) 221-7777.

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