A string of cases tied to a scam in which area residents were targeted for their tax refunds can contributed to a jump in the mid-year crime load recorded by Prairie Village police.
The scam is responsible for bringing the number of fraud cases handled by the department through the first six months of the year up to 59 from just 13 in 2014. Those 59 fraud cases represent 38 more than the five year average. In Mission Hills, police have responded to 21 fraud cases this year. Last year at this time they had fielded none.
Residential burglaries, while still far below their peak in 2011, have also seen an uptick. For the first half of the year, Prairie Village police have fielded 18 residential burglary call, up from seven at this point in the year in 2014. As a point of comparison, however, the department fielded 40 residential burglary calls for the first six months of 2011.
The total of 3,443 incidents handled by the department to date represents a 7 percent increase over the five year average for Prairie Village.
In Mission Hills, the 871 cases to day represent a 22 percent increase over the five year average.
You can see the full Prairie Village mid-year crime report embedded below: