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Preventing theft

Out of sight, out of mind

The Great Bend Police Department and the Barton County Sheriff’s Office are asking people to keep their belongings safe in their vehicles during the holiday season by locking vehicles, putting gifts and other items in the trunk or covering them up to keep them out of sight.

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One of the most common crimes of the holiday season — and one that is often preventable — is theft from vehicles, according to local law enforcement officials.
“Theft from vehicles happens more often the closer to Christmas we get in Great Bend,” Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. “During this time of year it is important to lock vehicles and to lock stuff in your trunks to prevent what we call crimes of opportunity.”
According to the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, a vehicle full of Christmas gifts is a easy target for thieves. It gives them easy access to items ...

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