HIGH POINT, N.C. -- High Point police are warning the public about the importance of locking your car doors to prevent crimes of opportunity.
Since the beginning of 2015, there have been 506 car thefts or larcenies from motor vehicles and 471 of them involved unlocked vehicles.
Lt. Chris Weisner said that total value of personal items stolen tallies up to more than $251,000.
“We're actually down from where we were five years ago, about a third. However what the alarming rate they’ve seen from this year is the amount of firearms that have been stolen from unlocked vehicles,” Weisner said.
Thirty-one guns were stolen, all of them from unlocked cars. Weisner explains how the careless mishap can be a threat to the community.
“These firearms are ending up in the hands of drug dealers who will ultimately use those in some other crimes,” Weisner said. “If there happens to be a death associated with that, that owner of that firearm ultimately could be responsible especially in a civil litigation because they failed to secure that firearm.”
Officers encourage responsible gun ownership by securing the gun in a lockbox in the trunk area and bringing the firearm into the home when parked on personal property.