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Wichita Police Warn Shoppers To Be Vigilant During Holiday Rush

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Beginning Wednesday, portable traffic signs will be placed in high-volume shopping areas in Wichita to remind people to be aware of the possibility of increased incidents of theft and vandalism during the holiday season.

The portable traffic message signs--often seen in construction zones and throughout the city's shopping areas--will warn shoppers to “Hide Your Items, Take your Keys, Lock Your Vehicle."

The effort is a partnership between Wichita Police and the Public Works Department. Officials warn that this time of year, theft and vehicular break-ins are on the rise, and they hope that placing the signs in popular shopping areas will encourage people to think twice.

The flashing message boards will be placed on Rock Road near Towne East Square and on Taft near Towne West. Throughout the month of December, the signs will be moved to other shopping areas in Wichita.

The signs will operate 24 hours a day through Dec. 29.

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Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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