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Law enforcement to Wake County gun owners: Lock your car

Posted August 4


— The Wake County sheriff and district attorney came together Friday with a warning for gun owners: Lock your car!

Sheriff Donnie Harrison said his office has investigated 20 reports of firearms stolen from unlocked vehicles since the beginning of the year. The Raleigh Police Department has 39 similar reports in that time frame, and the Wake County City County Bureau of Identification has reported a spike in firearms stolen from cars over the past month.

"These stolen guns being out on the street increases the risk to our community and our law enforcement officers," Harrison said.

District Attorney Lorrin Freeman added, "It's our hope that raising awareness about this issue will cut down on the number of firearms making it into the hand of people who would intend to do harm."


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  • Henry Cooper Aug 4, 7:57 p.m.
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    ..."guns not allowed" places in 2nd sentence....

  • Henry Cooper Aug 4, 7:55 p.m.
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    Just avoid the places that have the no guns sign in the window, keep it on you and take it inside when you get home. One could argue it makes sense to stay out of those guns allowed places anyway because armed criminals will favor them knowing the likelihood of them having the only gun is pretty much a shoe-in... do the research on this.

    As far as stuff left in the car. Cell phones, GPS units, dash cams, laptops....all left in a car cause smash and grab crime so a lot of folks contribute to this problem.

    People leave their kids in the car, mistakes are made so should we be tested before conceiving?

    Lastly the spin.... Really you went with the gun owners sold them and reported them stolen to make it look like a theft. WOW, you are suspicious of about 150 million people (low estimate). Glad I am not in that world when I think of people.

  • Larry Fellers Aug 4, 6:58 p.m.
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    You shouldn't be allowed to own a gun if you can't secure it properly. Wouldn't be surprised if the gun owner sold the and made it look like a theft..

  • Tonya Willett Aug 4, 5:05 p.m.
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    They really should start holding people accountable for stupidity like this. Obviously common sense isn't working, maybe a negligence charge and fat fine might help people out.

  • Larry Jackson Aug 4, 3:56 p.m.
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    1. Most of the cars were unlocked. Dumb.
    2. Most are stolen form cars at home, not business or restaurant.
    3. If you feel you must have a gun with you at all times, them that is a chance you take.
    4. Most LE agencies and groups strongly advise against leaving a gun in the car locked or unlocked. 75% of stolen guns now come from cars.
    5. Give compartments are easy to break into and deter nothing. Any thief a can carry the lockbox with them.and get the gun out later.

  • John Booker Aug 4, 3:34 p.m.
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    Businesses, your place of employment and other venues ban handguns. If you are carrying and going to work, for example, you'd have no choice but to leave it in the car. As others have said, a lock-box or locked glove-box is a deterrent. Leaving the car unlocked is irresponsible.

  • Jon Smith Aug 4, 3:32 p.m.
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    Think about your question, then try answering it all by yourself.
    ...still thinking?
    .... Here, I'll help you - You are not allowed to "carry" into many establishments, so when you are out, you may have to leave your weapon secured in your vehicle while you visit said liberal establishment. - Many of us own more than one weapon, so having one always secured in the car may be a common practice for some. I don't need to run to the car to get my only gun (LOL).

    All that being said, weapons in a vehicle should be secured as suggested with a lock box bolted to the frame.

  • James Hicks Aug 4, 3:06 p.m.
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    Sure, blame the victim of the crime. Makes perfect sense.

    So you lock your car and the entire car is stolen. Who do you blame then?

  • Phillip Mozingo Aug 4, 2:05 p.m.
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    No sir! Insurance does not cover anything that is NOT a factory part of the vehicle and is not permanently mounted. In other words, anything removed from your vehicle that is not a part of the car is NOT covered. Ask any insurance company and they will tell you this.

  • Barrett Powell Aug 4, 1:56 p.m.
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    If someone wanted a new gun, or lost their or sold their gun, and didn't have the money to purchase a gun, what might someone do?

    Well, if you have something stolen out of your car, I think your insurance might cover it if a police report is filed. Can someone verify this is the case?

    ...just saying. Seems like a lot of people are being pretty careless out there and it seems fishy to me.