KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Andrea Hernandez says every time she pulls up to her house, she’s afraid of what she won’t find inside.
“This is my front room,” said Hernandez, looking around her Kansas City, Kansas, home. “I had couches, I had a TV, a TV stand, but now I have nothing.”
That’s because Hernandez says she’s been burglarized three times over the past three months. She says that last time, thieves took all six of her kids’ Christmas presents, her remaining make-shift furniture, and even the food in the fridge.
She says the thieves came through the back door each time. She thinks the locks are easy to pick or someone has a key since there were no signs of forced entry during one of the burglaries.
Hernandez wants to deadbolt the door, but can’t.
“Deadbolts are not allowed in the housing authority,” she said. FOX 4 asked the Housing Authority about the locks, and they said that is allowed but at the expense of the tenant.
Hernandez says she doesn’t have the $76 dollars needed to change them and is fearful if thieves return.
“It’s hard, I have to be strong for (her kids) so that they won’t be scared and worried,” said Hernandez. “I have to show them I’m not scared even though I am, but I have to be strong for them.”
Her housing manager says if Hernandez can prove the burglaries were part of a forced break-in, the charge to change the locks would be reimbursed.