LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Police Department says there has been an uptick in the number of gun being stolen from unlocked vehicles in Lexington.
As a result, the department is asking people to lock their vehicles, especially gun owners.
Police say so far this year, 132 guns have been reported stolen from vehicles in Lexington. In a majority of those cases, police say the vehicle was left unlocked.
“We are on pace to have the highest number of guns stolen from vehicles in five years,” says Chief Lawrence Weathers. “The easiest thing residents can do to help public safety in our community is to simply not leave valuables in their car – firearms, money, credit cards, electronics, and medication – and to always make sure that vehicle is secured. Doing that prevents you from becoming a victim, and it prevents your gun from possibly being used in another crime.”
According to the department since 2015, 896 firearms have been reported stolen from vehicles in Lexington. Few stolen guns are ever recovered. When they are, it is often through another criminal investigation such as an assault or narcotics trafficking.