Kansas City police seeing increase in property crime - KCTV5

Kansas City police seeing increase in property crime

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According to online crime reports, during the last six months, police investigated 272 reports of property crimes and thefts in her neighborhood. According to online crime reports, during the last six months, police investigated 272 reports of property crimes and thefts in her neighborhood.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

One burglary victim says she is still waiting for investigators to process fingerprints left behind by thieves more than two years ago.

She worries she isn't the only person waiting for answers.

Ebony Robinson says she has printed flyers warning her neighbors about an increase in break-ins and burglaries.

According to online crime reports, during the last six months, police investigated 272 reports of property crimes and thefts in her neighborhood. 

Thieves pried open Ebony's back window to carry out televisions and other belongings in May of 2015.

"It's a complete invasion of privacy," she said. "It totally ruins your sense of comfort.

As officers searched for evidence inside her town home, they found fingerprints. That gave her hope her case might be solved quickly, but lost that hope after what detectives told her. 

"It would take two years to get the fingerprints back to identify whose fingerprints they picked up. I thought that was very alarming.

The two-year mark from the break-in came and went.

Robinson says she realizes processing fingerprints found at the scene of violent crimes takes priority. Still, she worries the thieves that targeted her could be committing more crimes.

Kansas City police sent KCTV5 a written statement:

KCPD department wide would love to have more officers patrolling our city. The officers assigned to South patrol work tirelessly to serve and protect their community. We have seen an increase in property crimes across Kansas City, and we have upped patrols in those key areas. The fingerprint lab processes cases as soon as they can, and are working to streamline the process while still focusing accuracy. All KCPD officers frequently patrol high crime areas in between handling calls for service. We encourage citizens to be aware, and watch out for their neighbors. We further encourage them to call us if they see something suspicious. Please remind all  to lock their doors, including the screen door if they have one. Lock all windows, make sure your garage doors are down, and do not leave valuables visible inside vehicles. We have seen an increase in crimes where a door was left unlocked as well as garage doors being left open. South Patrol division has  a Community Interaction officer, Officer Hammer, who continues to work as a resource and an advocate for all residents in South KC. If South KC residents have a question they are urged to contact South patrol at 816-234-5550.

Kansas City police say anyone with concerns in south Kansas City can call the area's community interaction officer.

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