For those who are headed out to an area water park in the next few days, police want to remind people to protect their possessions.
Amanda Burns said she's been a victim of theft twice within two weeks at the CoCo Key Water Park off of East 39th Street and Blue Ridge Cutoff in Kansas City, MO. Even though her children love the place and it's affordable, she said she won't come back.
"It was a good day until someone walked over and stole my wallet, and we didn't even realize it for a few minutes," Burns said.
Burns said during the first theft she laid her wallet on the counter, and then it was gone.
"When I went to pick up my daughter to take a picture, I turned around it was gone," she said.
So the next time she visited the indoor water park filled with ceiling high slides and a full arcade, she warned her sister to leave her purse in the van. That didn't work either.
"They broke into the van somehow. All of the locks were broken, and they stole my sister's purse," Burns said.
KCTV5's Heather Staggers checked with Kansas City Police, who said they've responded to about 13 thefts in and around CoCo Key in the last three months, but police said that amount isn't unusual considering the large number of people who come and go.
KCTV5 also compared data to other water parks in the area from crimereports.com. In the last six months there were 24 reported incidents in the 9100 Block of East 39th Street where CoCo Key is located, which included thefts, a sexual offense and an assault crime. There were six reported crimes in and around Worlds of Fun, located just off of Interstate 435 near Northeast Parvin Road.
A spokesperson for CoCo Key told KCTV5 via phone that, "We encourage all people to take precautions, and keep items out of sight in vehicles. It's not a water park thing, it's a safety thing. It's important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Safety is our number one priority, and we invest heavily in that."
Burns said she thinks the water park could take extra measures to ensure people's safety.
"I don't know. I think it will be a lot better if they had security, where people will stop doing that," she said.
CoCo Key said safety is priority, whether it's in the pools or parking lots, and staff regularly walk the parking lots and employees keep an eye out for any suspicious behavior.
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