Durham gun thefts up by 15% this year as gun ownership surges
Hundreds of firearms were reported as stolen to the Durham Police Department since the beginning of this year, officials said in a release on Tuesday. Gun thefts were up by 15% compared to two years ago.Posted — Updated
The majority of guns are stolen from unlocked cars parked in residential locations, officials said.
261 guns were reported stolen between Jan. 1 to Aug. 31.
The Durham Police Department asked that people do not leave their firearms in plain sight — like in an open console, on the floorboard or in a seat pocket. Instead, officials ask that residents keep their gun in a secure gun safe or lockbox.
Police also say that residents should write down the serial number of their firearm, so if it is stolen, it can be easily traced.
In Wake County, more than 60,000 people applied for a gun permit in 2020 and sales were up by 300%, according to the Wake County Sheriff's Office.
Durham police say if you do decide to keep your gun in your car, keep it in a box in your trunk.
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