The MNPD strongly encourages Nashvillians to lock their automobile doors, secure any valuables—especially guns, and REMOVE THE KEYS.
Last year, 1,305 guns were stolen from vehicles in Nashville. More than 70% of ALL guns reported stolen in 2021 (1,852) were taken from vehicles.
Last week, 19 guns were stolen from cars and trucks.
Going hand in hand with vehicle burglaries is vehicle theft. A review of last week’s stolen vehicle reports in Nashville shows that 64% of the automobiles taken (34 of 53) were easy targets because the keys were left inside or made available to thieves.
Last year, 1,756 autos—66% of ALL vehicles reported stolen in 2021 (2,630)— were taken because keys were made available.
Just like guns taken from vehicles, these stolen autos are also routinely involved in criminal activities, including carjackings and robberies.