LCSO: Firearm Thefts Pose Safety Threat

It’s not just sunglasses, laptops or GPS units thieves are stealing from cars these days—increasing it is firearms.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office issued an alert Monday calling attention to the recent rash of firearm thefts.

Since November 2016, 14 firearms have been reported stolen from vehicles around county. In most cases, the vehicles were either unlocked or showed no signs of forced entry.

“This poses a great risk to the community,” Sheriff Mike Chapman stated in the alert. “Gun owners should properly secure and store their firearms in safe locations.”

The Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit is urging residents to stop leaving their vehicles unlocked. Also, valuables and garage door openers should be removed from cars or locked out of sight in a glove box or trunk. If firearms must be left in a vehicle, they should be secured in a lock box without ammunition. When possible, vehicles should be parked inside a locked garage or in an illuminated area.

The Sheriff’s Office provides free gunlock safety kits donated through Project ChildSafe. The kits will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis during business hours at the agency’s headquarters at 803 Sycolin Road or at the agency’s community substations. To find nearest station, go to http://sheriff.loudoun.gov/findmystation.