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Friday, May 24, 2013 05:23 PM

From January 1, 2013 to May 23, 2013, we have investigated an alarming number of vehicle burglaries where one or more firearms were taken. A total of 84 firearms were stolen in these occurrences. Unfortunately, during most of these incidents, the owners of the vehicles failed to lock their vehicle doors, thus, allowing ease of access to the interior of the vehicles. Even more importantly, the vehicle owners were careless by not removing their firearms from their vehicles.

As we have mentioned many times before, particularly when we experience rashes of vehicle burglaries in one geographical area, our investigators almost always determine many of the vehicles burglarized were not broken into, but, were simply left unlocked. Often times, valuable items consisting of laptop computers, cell phones, GPS units, and personal property such as wallets and purses have been stolen in these incidents.

Please remember that firearms stolen from your vehicles are taken by criminals who place those same stolen weapons in the hands of other criminals. These individuals who rob, shoot or kill with stolen weapons usually acquired that weapon from other criminals and not your average gun dealer. Please do not be a part of this violent cycle allowing you to be victimized.

In the interest of public safety, we are urging everyone to remove all valuables from your vehicles and always lock your doors. If you are not able to do so, place valuables out of sight, hence, preventing someone from seeing the items when looking inside of your vehicle. Lastly, it is imperative to practice responsible gun ownership by removing all firearms from your vehicle when unattended. Secure your weapons as if someone’s life depends on it, because someone’s life does.

Colonel John N. Fortunato
Public Information Office
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office
1233 Westbank Expressway
Harvey, LA 70058
504-363-5521 Office

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