Majority of Stolen Guns in Nashville Taken from Vehicles

The MNPD urges residents to lock their car doors and remove valuables, especially firearms.

The Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) is strongly encouraging residents to lock their car doors, secure any valuables—especially guns, and remove their keys. Since February 1st, the MNPD’s special initiative to combat car theft and related crimes has led to 330 arrests and the recovery of 182 stolen vehicles and 84 guns.

So far in 2024, 220 guns have been stolen from vehicles in Nashville, with five taken just last week. This accounts for nearly 70% of the total 318 guns stolen in Davidson County this year. Compared to the same time last year, when 353 guns had been stolen from vehicles, there has been a 37% decrease.

Vehicle theft is often closely related to vehicle burglaries. Many cars remain easy targets for thieves because keys are left inside or made readily available. Similar to guns taken from vehicles, these stolen automobiles are frequently involved in criminal activities such as carjackings and robberies.

To help prevent these crimes, the MNPD urges all Nashville residents to take precautions by locking their car doors, removing valuables—particularly firearms, and ensuring their keys are not left inside the vehicle.

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