City of Independence, Missouri

City of Independence issues statement following incident on June 17 at Bingham-Waggoner Estate

The City of Independence released the following statement in regards to the carjacking event which occurred on June 17 at the Bingham-Waggoner Estate.

“The City of Independence is committed to the safety of our volunteers and staff. Last night a member of our Parks|Recreation|Tourism team was the victim of an assault and carjacking at the Bingham-Waggoner Estate. Our immediate thoughts are with this volunteer as they continue to recover, as well as family and friends who are supporting them today.

We are regularly evaluating the security of our various locations and have recently taken steps to install additional security cameras which proved an invaluable tool for the Independence Police Department in last night’s incident. Further, we are looking at training and education opportunities for our volunteers and staff to provide them the information and resources they need to protect themselves. And finally, we would like to thank the Independence Police Department for all of their help in protecting the history of this community and those that work to share it.”

Citizens and business owners are encouraged to assist the Police Department in investigations by participating in the Community Camera Program. By registering their surveillance systems with the Police Department, officers may be able to use the information or footage gathered from these security cameras to assist in the apprehension and prosecution of the criminals involved. You can learn more and register your cameras at