Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Would you law-abiding citizens please stop arming criminals? More than 70% of Guns Stolen This Year Taken from Vehicles.

Metro Press Release, February 22, 2022 - The MNPD strongly encourages Nashvillians to lock their automobile doors, secure any valuables---especially guns, and REMOVE THE KEYS.

So far this year, 259 guns have been stolen from vehicles in Nashville. More than 70% of ALL guns reported stolen in 2022 (364) were taken from vehicles. Last week, 33 guns were stolen from cars and trucks. One of the 33 stolen guns was taken from a vehicle parked outside a South Nashville residence off Bell Road. When the homeowner spotted two male suspects trying car door handles and shining a flashlight into his neighbors’ vehicles, he yelled out the door for the suspects to leave. They fired shots at him. He was not struck. The suspects fled in a vehicle they had driven to the neighborhood.

Going hand in hand with vehicle burglaries is vehicle theft. A review of last week’s stolen vehicle reports in Nashville shows that 69% of the automobiles taken (43 of 62) were easy targets because the keys were left inside or made available to thieves. Four of the 43 vehicles stolen were left running without the driver present.

Just like guns taken from vehicles, these stolen autos are also routinely involved in criminal activities, including carjackings and robberies.

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