The Hays Police Department continues to stress added safety precautions for home and car owners in the city.
Hays PD has notified the public recently about numerous break-ins of vehicles in city limits.
But Tuesday morning, the break-ins reached a new level.
A homeowner in the 2700 block of Thunderbird awoke Tuesday morning to find money stolen from their residence as they slept.
That incident follows in the wake of numerous stolen items being reported from vehicles and houses in the west-central area of Hays.
“The important thing is for the community, if they see something suspicious in their neighborhoods, to call us and we’ll respond right away,” said Hays PD Chief Don Scheibler.
The latest incident happened in the early morning hours Tuesday. Suspects entered a garage through an unlocked door in the 2700 block of Thunderbird.
Once inside, the suspects searched both vehicles before entering the house through an adjoining door.
They stole $120 from a wallet and a box of rolled coins with a value of $367.
All that happened while the parents and children slept not far away.
“It’s extremely concerning for us since they entered the home when people were there,” Scheibler said.
The police chief said residents are urged to lock their doors for safety, as well as their vehicle doors.
A total of 78 vehicles have been broken into since Sept. 7, and numerous items and money have been taken.
The primary areas have been in the west part of town between 14th and 20th streets, and near the Fort Hays State University campus.
Scheibler said the key to catching those responsible is for residents to report any suspicious activity or persons.
“We are asking neighbors to take care of each other and to alert us,” he said.
Vehicle burglaries have increased in the past few years from 47 reported in 2014 to 97 in 2015 and 72 in 2016. With two months left in the year, there have been more than 100 reported so far this year.
The majority of those have been in the last month and a half.
Items stolen during the current span range from money and credit cards to a gun and ammunition, a chainsaw, cellphones and laptops, among other items.
Some items have been recovered.
Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call the Hays PD at (785) 625-1030.