Too many Nashvillians are losing the personal belongings that they keep in their vehicles, and they are also losing their own automobiles because they aren’t taking one simple precaution, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD).
MNPD officials said several Nashvillians continue to keep their keys in their vehicles.
Thieves have noticed.
This, according to a press release that MNPD officials have published this month.
“The MNPD strongly encourages 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 vehicle and gun thefts. So far this year, 691 guns have been stolen from automobiles in Nashville. Nearly 60 percent of ALL guns reported stolen in 2021 (1,152) were taken from vehicles. Last week, 25 guns were stolen from cars and trucks,” according to an MNPD press release last week.”
MNPD officials also referenced vehicle theft.
“A review of last week’s stolen vehicle reports in Nashville shows that 68 percent of the automobiles taken (52 of 77) were easy targets because the keys were left inside or made available to thieves. Seven of the 77 vehicles stolen were left running without the driver present. Just like guns taken from vehicles, these stolen autos are also routinely involved in criminal activities, including car jackings and robberies.”
This is an ongoing problem in Nashville.
MNPD officials said in April that the city has a persistent problem with thieves stealing guns from other people’s vehicles.
That month, thieves stole four guns from the city’s Central Precinct, three guns from the East Precinct, two guns out of Madison, and one gun each out of Hermitage, Midtown Hills, and the West Precinct, MNPD officials said.
As The Tennessee Star has reported several times, thieves and convicted felons throughout the state frequently bypass traditional and legal methods to obtain firearms — even though they are legally not supposed to have them.
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