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63% of Last Week's Stolen Vehicles Taken with Keys and 23 Guns Stolen During Auto Break-Ins

4/9/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Persons leaving keys, unsecured guns, and other valuables inside unlocked vehicles remain serious issues for Nashvillians.

A review of stolen vehicle reports in Nashville from Sunday, March 29 through Saturday, April 4, shows that 63% of the automobiles taken (37 of 59) were easy targets because the keys were left inside or made available to thieves. Seven of the 59 vehicles stolen were left running without the driver present.

During this reporting time period, a total of 23 guns were stolen during vehicle burglaries; 20 of those vehicles were left unlocked. So far this year, 197 guns have been stolen from vehicles.

The police department’s continuing PARK SMART campaign strongly urges citizens to lock their automobile doors, secure any valuables---including guns, and REMOVE THE KEYS.

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