Reno Police urge people not to leave firearms in vehicles

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Reno Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance preventing criminals from obtaining firearms.

The Reno Police Department has taken 10 reports of vehicle burglaries so far in 2018 in which firearms were stolen from vehicles. In 2016, there were 150 reported incidents of firearms being stolen out of vehicles in the City of Reno. In 2017, Reno Police took 105 reports of firearms being stolen from vehicles.

Police say stolen firearms pose a substantial risk to the community and the safety of officers. A firearm recovered in a shooting January 13, 2018 in downtown Reno was reported stolen from a vehicle six days earlier.

Reno Police want to remind the community of some safety tips to help prevent your vehicle from being targeted by criminals.

• Document the serial numbers on all your firearms and valuables
• Take your firearms out of your vehicle and keep your doors locked
• Do not leave valuables in plain view in your car
• Park in well-lit, heavily populated areas
• Avoid parking next to occupied vehicles
• Do not leave your garage door opener in your vehicle
• Don’t think your dark tinted windows will hide your valuables. Thieves often use flashlights to see through tint
• Report suspicious activity immediately to law enforcement

If you are unable to remove your firearm from your vehicle, police urge you to keep it out of sight. Lock it in your glove box or trunk. Drivers who frequently carry firearms in their vehicles are urged to consider buying a small gun safe that can be securely attached to the vehicle.