The MNPD strongly encourages Nashvillians to lock their automobile doors, secure any valuables—especially guns, and REMOVE THE KEYS.
So far this year, 1,287 guns have been stolen from vehicles in Nashville. More than 70% of ALL guns reported stolen in 2021 (1,825) were taken from vehicles. Last week, 27 guns were stolen from cars and trucks. Just yesterday, East Precinct community engagement officers recovered two guns in the possession of two male teens, ages 13 & 16. Both guns had been stolen from vehicles.
Going hand in hand with vehicle burglaries is vehicle theft. A review of last week’s stolen vehicle reports in Nashville shows that 70% of the automobiles taken (33 of 47) were easy targets because the keys were left inside or made available to thieves. Three of the 47 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 carjackings and robberies.