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Security company keeping busy with rise in burglaries

October 6, 2012

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Rueschhoff Security technician Chad Greeson installs a motion-detecting devise above a security keypad inside a west Lawrence home on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Representatives from Rueschhoff say that they have seen more business since early summer when Lawrence police began reporting a rise in home burglaries.

Rueschhoff Security technician Chad Greeson installs a motion-detecting devise above a security keypad inside a west Lawrence home on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Representatives from Rueschhoff say that they have seen more business since early summer when Lawrence police began reporting a rise in home burglaries.

The staff at Rueschhoff Locksmith and Security Systems, 3727 W. Sixth St., hear the all-too-frequent home invasion details from customers following a rise in home burglaries in the Lawrence area.

“They are really shaken up,” said employee Shayne Kahle. “It becomes such a reality.”

Rueschhoff has seen a boost in business, starting in early summer, following police warnings and reports of an increase in aggravated home burglaries, or those in which someone is home during the crime.

Between May 1 and Aug. 31, Lawrence police reported 94 such crimes in Lawrence. Several people have been arrested for the crimes, but the burglaries have continued.

“They’re looking for answers,” said Rueschhoff co-owner Don Stowe. “It’s the fact that they’ve been invaded.”

Employees at Rueschhoff said they’re hearing what police have been saying about the recent burglary spike: that the crimes are happening in nearly all areas of Lawrence.

“There’s really no pattern,” said Warren White, Rueschhoff co-owner. Customers report everything from break-ins after they leave a sliding door unlocked to someone breaking a window to gain entry.

As White shows off some of the high-tech security system options, such as text alerts when someone enters a home, or the ability to remotely arm or disarm a security system, he stresses that residents can prevent home burglaries with simple measures as well.

Steps like replacing or re-keying old locks, keeping exterior lights on and remembering to lock sliding glass doors can make the difference when a potential burglar is casing a neighborhood, White said.

“The really frustrating thing is that we don’t see customers until after” a burglary, White said.

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Burglary map

A map of 88 burglaries reported to Lawrence police between May 1 and Aug. 31. Locations are block specific and do not pertain to a particular address in an attempt to protect victim privacy. The crimes listed include those defined as aggravated burglary, meaning someone was home at the time of the crime.

Comments

kernal 2 years, 2 months ago

Another nice thing about home security systems is some insurance companies will reduce the premium on your homeowner's policy if you have one installed and use it.

shaunepec 2 years, 2 months ago

The Rueschoff staff talked about that some. Said some people might even break even with the insurance discount.

Shaun LJW

KevinBacon 2 years, 2 months ago

I doubt Jayhawk Pawn can complain either...

rukidingme 2 years, 2 months ago

Just an example for not only Lawrence but all city and County's. Stop cutting the budget for police , increase the budget raise taxes and hire more police officers.

ou812mr2 2 years, 2 months ago

THE IRONY TO DON STOWE IS HIS BROTHER IS STILL LOCKED UP ON BURGLARY CHARGES. OK SO HERE IS THE DEAL. YOU BREAK INTO THEIR HOUSE AND THEN I'LL SELL THEM A SECURITY SYSTEM.

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