SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — More guns have been stolen from unlocked cars this year than in the last four years.
“I think it’s really a problem across the board in all jurisdictions here, where people leave firearms in unlocked vehicles, and unfortunately, and I wish we didn’t have that, but people are going into unlocked vehicles and looking for things to steal,” Chatham County Police Sgt. Jeff Hadley said.
Hadley said handguns, rifles and at least one AK-47 were taken from a car the gun owner left unlocked.
In the last four years, starting in 2019, of the 84 guns stolen from 81 vehicles, 79 of those guns were from unlocked vehicles. Police say there was a drop in 2020, a researcher believes the cause was a global pandemic.
In 2021 and 2022, the dangerous trend immediately returned.
Of the stolen weapons in 2021, 63 were taken from unlocked vehicles. Out of the last four years, 2022 has already surpassed the previous three years. From January to November 15, 86 weapons were reported stolen, 77 of which were stolen from unlocked vehicles.