Press Release #042216(09)-Stolen Firearms Pose a Threat to Public Safety

Apr 22, 2016   12:12 PM
The San Angelo Police Department is warning citizens that guns are being stolen from vehicles and ending up in the wrong hands.
Although most gun owners are responsible, the decision to leave a gun in your vehicle can have major consequences.
Stolen guns are often sold and traded for drugs or worse ? used in robberies or other violent crimes.
Since January 2016, forty-five guns have been reported stolen from vehicles and in most cases, there was no forced entry. That's forty-five guns in the hands of criminals.
Our Officers want to remind citizens that gun safety isn?t just how you handle the weapon ? it's also how you store it. Removing guns from vehicles entirely or securing them safely in a trunk or lock box can help prevent your firearms from ending up in the wrong hands.
Let's work together to prevent this and promote responsible gun ownership for a safer community.
***SAPD***