FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – The Fayetteville Police Department say there has been a growing trend in weapons being stolen from unlocked vehicles and officers are warning gun owners to properly secure their weapons.
Data from the Fayetteville Police Department shows that the vast majority of firearms being stolen from vehicles are due to the gun owner’s failure to properly secure the firearm or lock the vehicle.
In 2013, in 78 percent of the cases where a firearm was stolen from a vehicle, the vehicle was not locked. In 2014, the percentage increased slightly to 79 percent and then to 84 percent in 2015.
In total, 334 firearms have been stolen from vehicles over the last three years, the police department said.
The police department is urging citizens who carry a firearm in their vehicle to properly secure the weapon out of sight and lock the vehicle.
“These stolen weapons present a real threat to citizens and officers that must be taken seriously by the entire community,” police said in a release.
Anyone with information concerning a firearms related incident is asked to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crimestoppers at 910-483-TIPS (8477).