Wichita Kansas, an estimated population of 366,046 makes it the 51st largest city in the country and the most populous city in Kansas. It\u2019s a city by anyone\u2019s definition.\n\nAnd like all cities, it has had its share of successes and bad apples. Including Dennis Lynn Rader (born March 9, 1945) is an American serial killer who murdered ten people in Sedgwick County (in and around Wichita, Kansas), between 1974 and 1991.\n\nHe was known as the BTK killer which stands for \u201cbind, torture and kill\u201d and describes his modus operandi. He sent letters describing the details of the killings to police and to local news outlets during the period of time in which the murders took place. After a long hiatus in the 1990s, Rader resumed sending letters in 2004, leading to his 2005 arrest and subsequent conviction. Fortunately he is behind bars serving 10 life sentences. But that doesn\u2019t mean crime doesn\u2019t continue in his absence.\n\nRecently Police launched new efforts to help curb burglaries. Local police say residential burglaries increased last year by 9% even as overall burglary numbers dropped 1.5%.\n\nPolice are reminding people that they need to practice safe techniques to make sure homes and belongings are secure. That includes making sure doors and windows are locked and not leaving your garage door open.\n\nYou\u2019d think a metropolitan city that has had a killer as bad as Dennis Rader would lock their doors. But the societal and cultural phenomenon known as \u201cIt can\u2019t happen to me\u201d is everywhere and people forget that a serial killer used to walk their streets. But not you Dear Reader. The fact you\u2019re reading this you know there very well could be another Dennis Rader there right now.\n\nHere are home burglary prevention tips direct from the police who once dealt with Dennis Rader:\n\nResidential burglars work mostly during the day and when a residence is more likely to be unoccupied. Most burglars work alone and tend to probe a neighborhood looking for the right residence and the right opportunity. Home alarm signs and decals, bars on windows, strong locks and doors, big dogs, and alert neighbors can sometimes deter burglars. Also, burglars will avoid a confrontation and will usually flee when approached. Most burglaries do not result in violence unless the criminal is cornered and uses force to escape.\n\n\u02c7 Keep all doors locked at night and every time you leave your home.\n\n\u02c7 Use doors that feature wide-angle peepholes at heights everyone can use.\n\n\u02c7 If you have glass panels near or in doors, make sure glass is reinforced so they cannot be shattered.\n\n\u02c7 Make sure the door leading from the attached garage to the house is solid wood or metal-clad and protected with a quality keyed door lock and deadbolt.\n\n\u02c7 Lock the overhead garage door \u2013 do not just rely on an automatic door opener.\n\n\u02c7 Make sure sliding glass doors have strong, working key locks.\n\n\u02c7 Keep grills, lawnmowers and other valuables in a locked garage or shed.\n\n\u02c7 Inscribe valuable items, such as televisions, stereos and computers with an identifying number approved by your local police.\n\n\u02c7 Have an up-to-date home inventory that includes pictures. Keep a complete copy somewhere outside of the house.\n\n\u02c7 Never leave a message on your answering machine that indicates you may be away from home.\n\n\u02c7 Trim all shrubbery that could conceal criminal activity near doors and windows.\n\n\u02c7 Consider using timed interior lights and outdoor timed or motion lights to make your home appear occupied when you are away.\n\n\u02c7 If you park your car outside, never leave a garage door opener inside your vehicle.