Nearly 700 reports of stolen firearms in Chattanooga during the last 14 months
UPDATE: In addition to the 395 guns stolen from vehicles in a 14-month period, nearly 300 additional guns were not stolen from vehicles.
According to the Chattanooga Police Department, there were 691 reports of stolen guns in Chattanooga between January 1, 2018 to March 5, 2019.
Of the nearly 700 guns that were stolen, 296 were not stolen from vehicles.
- Robbery: 13
- Burglary: 144
- Shoplifting: 3
- Theft from Building: 59
- Theft Other: 77
While these are only reports of stolen firearms, it is unclear how many firearms were stolen per report.
PREVIOUS: An average of 28 guns per month have been stolen from cars and trucks in Chattanooga in the past 14 months.
From January 1, 2018 to March 5, 2019 the Chattanooga Police Department has taken reports of 395 firearms stolen from vehicles in the city.
Police say that of the 395 stolen firearms that were reported, 264 were taken from vehicles and 31 of them were stolen with the vehicle.
Additionally, of the 395 firearms stolen from vehicles, 142 (36 percent) of them had no reported serial number. Even if a stolen gun is recovered, there is no way to pair the owner with the firearm.
Police urge gun owners to secure weapons in their vehicles with the same care and responsibility used when storing weapons in a home setting.
Chattanooga police want to remind gun owners of the prevention measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of having firearms and other items stolen from your vehicle:
- Lock It - Lock your vehicle every time you leave it unattended.
- Hide It - Hide Your Valuables… Nothing encourages theft like a car full of clearly visible shopping bags. Lock them in your trunk especially if you are leaving firearms inside your vehicle.
- Hold It - If you can’t Lock it or Hide it, then Hold it. Taking your valuable item with you will help decrease the chances it will be stolen from your car. This applies to your firearms as well.
If you cannot responsibly secure your firearm in a locking console or gun safe that is secured to your vehicle then consider taking your firearm with you (if certified and allowed to do so) or leaving it at home.
The Chattanooga Police Department asks our community to record all serial numbers on owned firearms.
Write the serial number and model number down, taking a picture of it, or even carefully saving the paperwork that came with firearm when purchased.