TN ranks No. 1 in vehicle gun thefts nationwide

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A new report tracking the rise of vehicle gun thefts nationwide finds the State of Volunteers at number one when it comes to this crime nationally.

New research conducted by Everytown Research analyzed FBI crime data spanning 2011 to 2020 across 38 US states, including 49 million people. The analysis found that Tennessee saw the most vehicle gun thefts during that period with crime being particularly high in the Memphis and Chattanooga areas.

Cities with the highest rates of gun theft from vehicles in TN per 100,000 inhabitants:

  1. Memphis – 193.6
  1. Chattanooga- 193.1
  1. Nashville- 119.6

Leanne Hewlett, a Moms Demand Action volunteer, said they will take responsibility for gun ownership to combat the rise in gun theft in Tennessee.

“I am just saying that it is imperative that gun owners be safe with their guns. These are the tools that we are allowed to own. However, these are the most dangerous tools you can possess,” says Hewlett, “so a mistake, an accident, or negligence could result in life or death for someone and because So when you own a gun, it is imperative that you be as safe and cautious as possible with it. ”

According to Everytown Research, at least one gun is stolen from a car every 15 minutes. Data released by the Nashville Metro Police Department shows that more than 70% of all firearms reported stolen in 2022 (810) were from vehicles. In fact, just last week, the MNPD said that in Nashville alone, 29 firearms were stolen from vehicles.

The department said guns stolen from vehicles are often linked to criminal activities including carjacking and carjacking. Hewlett says Tennesseans should get in the habit of locking their cars to prevent weapons from falling into the wrong hands.

“I think we all have a false sense of security at times in our own homes, neighborhoods and vehicles. While we’d like to think we’d never have someone break into our car or in our neighborhood, that’s not the case,” says Hewlett, “It only takes once for your car to open.” lock someone in”.

Law enforcement specifically encourages Tennessee to lock their car doors, secure any valuables – especially guns – and pull out keys. TN ranks No. 1 in vehicle gun thefts nationwide

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