City of Nashville, TN

03/03/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/04/2021 09:45

Police - Media Releases 3/3/2021 Guns Stolen from Vehicles & Preventable Vehicle Thefts Remain Persistent & Dangerous Issues

3/3/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Guns stolen from vehicles remains a persistent problem in Nashville.

A review of stolen gun reports in Nashville from Sunday, February 21, through Saturday, February 27, shows that 28 guns were stolen from cars and trucks, seven from unlocked vehicles.

These guns are often taken from autos in parking garages and at private residences. Those involved in these thefts are often young people who later use these weapons in violent criminal acts, including homicide.

The number of guns stolen from vehicles last week by precinct are North (2), South (1), Central (4), East (5), West (0), Midtown Hills (11), Madison (0) and Hermitage (5).

Going hand in hand with vehicle burglaries is vehicle theft. A review of stolen vehicle reports in Nashville during this same reporting period shows that 71% of the automobiles taken (34 of 48) were easy targets because the keys were left inside or made available to thieves. Twelve of the 48 vehicles stolen were left running without the driver present. Just like guns taken from vehicles, these stolen autos are also routinely involved in additional criminal activities, including carjackings and robberies.

The MNPD strongly encourage Nashvillians to lock their automobile doors, secure any valuables---especially guns, and REMOVE THE KEYS. These simple actions will go a long way in preventing crime and could very well save a life.

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