Sometimes even the security salesman can use a little security.
A Lawrence man who works for a Kansas City, Mo., firm that sells security cameras to county jails learned such a lesson this week when his vehicle was burglarized and four security cameras were stolen.
A police report indicates that between 10 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. Tuesday, the man's 1993 Chevrolet Blazer was parked in his driveway in northwest Lawrence when someone broke the window on the rear passenger door and stole property valued at $4,525.
Also taken were a mobile phone, the man's briefcase, work papers, $25 in cash, a duffel bag full of clothing and two storage boxes. The security cameras and storage boxes were product samples from his company.
"I'm in a nice neighborhood," the man said Wednesday. "You wouldn't think something like that would happen if you lock your car. We've lived here almost 20 years, and we've never had anything like this happen."
He said he doubted the thieves knew what they stole.
"They broke the window and just grabbed bags," he said. "They don't even know what they have now. ... They (the cameras) have no value to anybody other than to us."
What makes the burglary doubly hard to take, the man said, is that someone broke into his son's car last week and stole stereo equipment and speakers. That burglary occurred either outside the family's home or at Lawrence High School.
The man said Wednesday that he was using the time before his next road trip to clean out his garage and make room for the family's vehicles.
"I'm very serious," he said. "We're parking our cars every night in our garage."