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Police issue warning after high number of cases involving guns stolen from unlocked cars

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Greenville police have a warning for gun owners: If you leave your guns in your car, please lock the doors.

"While it is a right to have a firearm in America, that comes with responsibility and that is to make sure that weapon does not fall into the hands of criminals or into the hands of a young person," Greenville Police Public Affairs Manager, Donnie Porter said.

The Greenville Police Department posted on Wednesday that detectives have been scratching their heads due to the number of cases of guns stolen from unlocked vehicles.

"The most upsetting part is that it's gone and someone could be using it," Joshua Davies said, "You never know what anyone could use it for."

Davies said his gun was stolen from his car about a month ago and he hopes other gun owners will remember to lock their cars so this does not happen to anyone else.

“Some citizens of Greenville are not being responsible gun owners and are leaving their firearms in unlocked vehicles,” police said in the post. “It’s becoming more common for our detectives to receive reports of guns being stolen from unlocked cars, which is putting firearms in the hands of criminals.”

In 2018 so far Greenville police have investigated 313 auto break-ins. 24 of those involved a gun being stolen. 14 of those cases involved a car that was left unlocked.

“In other words, in 58 percent of cases where a gun was stolen from a vehicle, it wasn’t locked,” police said.

Police say you should treat a gun like any other valuables kept in a car: out of sight and locked up tight when you are not in your car.

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