WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police report that thieves are continuing to take guns from cars in Wichita. Several of the cars have been unlocked or broken into.
So far this year, 58 guns have been stolen out of cars, and 1,600 have been broken into.
“Fifty eight guns are still a lot and in the hands of criminals on the streets of Wichita,” said Lt. Scott Brunow, Wichita Police Department auto theft section.
Last year in Wichita, 271 guns were stolen out of vehicles, and 6,000 break-ins were reported to police.
Police said they numbers are slightly down this year.
Lt. Brunow has started a Twitter account called AutoTheftWPD that provides updates about gun and auto thefts in Wichita.
Brunow said the best way to protect your car is to make sure property isn’t visible or just to take it with you.
“Don’t leave anything in plain view,” he said. “Make it harder for them.”
If a gun is stolen out of a car, an officer will be dispatched to take a police report. Other car thefts are just taken over the phone.
Police said two high profile cases last year, the deadly shooting of Deputy Robert Kunze and a home invasion that led to shootout between an off-duty Wichita police officer and suspect were both linked to stolen firearms.