67% of Last Weeks Stolen Vehicles Taken with Keys
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Guns stolen from vehicles remains a persistent problem in Nashville.
A review of stolen gun reports in Nashville from Sunday, April 18, through Saturday, April 24, shows that 11 guns were stolen from cars and trucks, 7 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. So far this year, 241 guns have been stolen from vehicles.
The number of guns stolen from vehicles last week by precinct are North (2), South (2), Central (1), East (1), West (1), Midtown Hills (0), Madison (3) and Hermitage (1).
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 67% of the automobiles taken (26 of 39) were easy targets because the keys were left inside or made available to thieves. Two of the 39 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.