Area police departments list top crimes of summer - KCTV5

Area police departments list top crimes of summer

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It is the time of year when many spend more time outdoors, maybe even getting away from home for a vacation, but thieves don't take the summer off.

The top crimes differ from city to city, but the one constant is thieves get busy when the heat is on and sometimes with deadly consequences.

Kansas City, MO, police say the most prevalent crimes this summer include theft, assault, breaking and entering and property crime.

Across the state line in Overland Park, police have been busy with auto burglary, drug possession and sales, auto theft and catalytic converter theft.

In Lenexa, which is smaller than the other two cities, police still have their summer issues to handle.

"We tend to see a rise in car break-ins, where things get taken out of cars. I say break-ins, and sometimes it's as simple as leaving your car unlocked, and things get stolen," said Master Patrol Officer Dan Friesen of the Lenexa Police Department.

And the problems aren't just on the city streets.

"We also see a rise in residential burglaries, which result in open garage doors. Usually it's pretty minor things that are taken ... odds and ends out of the garage. But it can certainly lead to a much more dangerous situation with access to a house," Friesen said.

That is what happened in December 2005 in Lenexa when someone entered Nigel Marcotte's home through his open garage, in a home burglary, and ultimately killed him.

In Roeland Park, Chelsea Johnston walks the streets for exercise, but she is totally aware of potential problems.

"I do. I always look around. I always walk with my dog, so that I have him around in case he needs to scare anybody away," she said.

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