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Hundreds Of Guns Stolen From Unlocked Cars In Lafayette

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  As Lafayette Police address gun violence in Lafayette, they're calling on the public for help.  Police Chief Jim Craft says hundreds of guns and firearms were stolen last year.
 
     Chief Craft says a big part of the problem is that guns are being left in unlocked cars, and then getting stolen.

    "219 guns stolen out of unlocked cars in Lafayette last year.  So that's 219 guns in the hands of criminals," said Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft.

     Chief Craft says one of those stolen guns was used last year to shoot a Lafayette Police Officer, while trying to make an arrest at an apartment complex.  The officer was treated, and is now back to work.  Chief Craft says the problem remains though, and says five firearms were stolen out of unlocked vehicles in Lafayette in the last week.

     "I hope people see the connection between the amount of weapons that are present in our community and the violence that goes along with that," Chief Craft said.

     Chief Craft says even if you think you've hidden your gun or firearm in a place where no one will find it, chances are someone will. He says it's important to take your gun, out of the car, and always lock it.

     "Lock your cars, take your firearm out of the vehicle daily, and put it in your home with you, but stop leaving guns in unlocked cars," Chief Craft said.


 

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