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Pittsburgh Police Remind Gun Owners to Store Firearms Responsibly

Date: March 31, 2021
Incident Type: PSA
Location: All Zones
Summary:

Pittsburgh Police have recently witnessed a concerning trend in the number of firearms being stolen from vehicles.

Over the past month and a half, there have been nearly a dozen legally-owned guns taken from vehicles in the City, some of which had been left unlocked.

Police want to remind gun owners of the following:

  • Thieves target vehicles for any kind of valuables and often find guns as a result.
  • Guns should never be stored in unattended vehicles whether the vehicles are left locked or unlocked. Vehicles are not a safe storage place.
  •  Stolen guns quickly become part of the illegal gun market, thus contributing to the problem of violent crime. This is exactly what the gun owner intended to guard against.

Don't make it easy for thieves. The last thing a lawful owner wants to hear is that their stolen gun was used in a shooting, especially if the theft could have been easily avoided by responsibly storing the firearm.

  


Reporting PIO:
Cara Cruz

2021-03-31
PIO@pittsburghpa.gov