An upturn in the amount of vandalism to road signs is costly and potentially dangerous, local law enforcement officers report.
From Jan. 1 through April 30, 165 road signs belonging to the county have been stolen, spray painted, shot with guns or broken off with vehicles. Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings, speaking for Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend, said it will cost more than $7,100 to replace or repair the signs.
"These acts of vandalism could cause loss of life due to accidents," Akings said. "We need the public’s assistance. If you have information about these crimes, please call 792-1300 or 888-305-1300. Remember, we don’t want your name, just your information."
Sheriff Gregg Armstrong said crime in the county is on the rise.
"We’ve been seeing more and more vandalism around the county," Armstrong said, adding there has been a gradual increase in virtually all types of crime since 2009.
Case of the week
Crime Stoppers is also seeking information about last months burglary at Holistic Solutions LLC/Rising Hands Massage, at 1704 K-96 in Great Bend. Sometime between 5:30 p.m. on April 28 and 9:45 a.m. on April 29, someone damaged the back door to the business to gain entry. Loss exceeded $1,850, including damage and theft of products and some cash.
The Crime Stoppers telephone number is only for anonymous tips, but useful tips may be eligible for cash rewards.