Lawrence police say they are seeing an alarming increase in the number of home invasions, most of which involve drugs, money and young people who are seen as easy targets by criminals.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports there have been at least five home invasions in the city since December, but police think there have been many more not reported.
In some of the cases people who aren't involved in drugs have been terrorized after the intended target moved away. Police spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley says other times the victims are reluctant to call police because the property stolen is illegal and they don't want to tell officers the whole story.
McKinley says one disturbing aspect of the home invasion trend is that firearms are more frequently involved.