More guns are being stolen in Durham. Here's where thieves are finding them.

Durham police say guns thefts are up this year and gun owners are making it easy for the thieves.

As of Aug. 31, police said, 269 firearms had been reported stolen, the Durham Police Department stated in a news release.

That’s a 4% increase from the 258 guns reported stolen by the same time in 2020, and a 15% increase from the 233 guns reported stolen by the same time in 2019.

More than half of the weapons were stolen from cars, and a majority of those cars were unlocked at the time, according to the release.

The department could not provide figures on how many stolen guns were used in crimes, a spokeswoman said..

The News & Observer asked to speak with a Durham officer to learn more about the risks gun thefts pose to the city, but the department did not make one available for an interview.

As of Aug. 31, the Durham County Sheriff’s Office said 20 guns had been reported stolen so far this year. That’s up from 16 reported firearm thefts across the entire year in 2020. In all of 2019, there were 85 gun thefts reported to the sheriff’s office.

The COVID-19 pandemic saw gun sales spike around the state over the past year, as Triangle sheriff’s offices saw pistol purchase permit applications double, or triple in the early months of the pandemic.

In Wake County, a record high number of permit applications caused the Sheriff’s Office to temporarily halt new applications. That decision was reversed after the office was sued by gun-rights groups, The N&O reported.

Majority of gun thefts reported in South, study finds.

Roughly 6% of state and federal prisoners who had a gun at the time of their offense said they had stolen the weapon, according to a 2019 report by the U.S. Department of Justice. The report found 43% had purchased their guns off the street or from an underground market.

In 2017, researchers found that roughly 380,000 guns were stolen from private gun owners across the U.S. each year.

Southerners, who accounted for 37% of U.S. households and 43% of gun owners, were the victims of roughly 66% of all gun thefts, according to the study.

Capt. Eric DeSimone of the Raleigh Police Department said in an interview this month that the capital city is also seeing unsecured guns being stolen from homes or vehicles.

“There is no great hiding spot,” he said. “A secured weapon is the only way to have a weapon.”

DeSimone encouraged those who have had guns stolen to report them to Raleigh police.

“If it is not reported, we don’t know about it,” he said. “That just leads to another weapon on the street that somebody can get their hands on.”

The N&O has requested Raleigh police data on the city’s gun thefts.

Firearm theft is a felony offense under North Carolina state law.

Federal and state law do not require that private gun owners report gun thefts to law enforcement, except those involving weapons registered under the National Firearms Act.

How you can prevent gun theft.

Here’s how Durham police say you can avoid being a victim of gun theft.

  • Remove firearms from unattended vehicles.

  • If you can’t remove your gun, do not leave it in plain sight — opt for a gun safe or lockbox, preferably in the trunk of your car.

  • Lock your car’s doors.

  • Do not leave the keys in the vehicle.

  • At home, keep your guns secured in a lockbox or gun safe.

  • Record all serial numbers for your guns — if they are stolen, these will help you recover them.

Durham police are also asking anyone with information about gun thefts to call CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

The Durham Report

Calling Bull City readers! We've launched The Durham Report, a free weekly digest of some of the top stories for and about Durham published in The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun. Get your newsletter delivered straight to your inbox every Thursday at 11 a.m. featuring links to stories by our local journalists. Sign up for our newsletter here. For even more Durham-focused news and conversation, join our Facebook group “The Story of my Street.”

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Don't miss! Artist's 'tripping talent' makes internet go crazy - Watch

© Provided by Zee News New Delhi: If someone wants to find something amazing or incredible then they can take the help of the internet as it is flooded with ... Read more »

Assam Congress asks EC to bar CM Sarma from campaigning for upcoming bypolls

Ahead of bypolls for five assembly constituencies in the state, the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) to bar Assam Chief Minister Himanta ... Read more »

DU Recruitment 2021: Apply for 11 Non Teaching posts at Bharati College

Bharati College, University of Delhi has invited applications from candidates to apply for Junior Assistant and other posts. Eligible candidates can apply for the posts through the official site of ... Read more »

Thane man arrested for attempting to murder hotel owner

© Provided by Hindustan Times Rabodi police have arrested a 38-year-old Thane resident for attempting to murder a hotel owner over a petty reason earlier this month. (HT FILE) The Rabodi ... Read more »

Akshay Kumar and Pankaj Tripathi seek Lord Shiva's blessings in Ujjain as they begin shooting for OMG 2

© Provided by Pinkvilla Akshay Kumar is an actor who doesn’t miss a chance to surprise his fans. Be it a post with the family or a film announcement, each ... Read more »

CISCE Class 10, Class 12 board exams in offline mode, revised date sheet announced

© Provided by Zee News New Delhi: The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) on Saturday (October 23, 2021) announced the first term board exams for class 10 ... Read more »

Amit Shah in J&K: Final Push Needed to End Terrorism, Says HM, Asks Security Forces to 'Coordinate More'

© Provided by News18 Amit Shah in J&K: Final Push Needed to End Terrorism, Says HM, Asks Security Forces to ‘Coordinate More’ A final push is needed to end terrorism ... Read more »

Rishi told to scrap EU VAT on gas bills as Brits face 'choice between heating and eating'

With Europe in the midst of an energy crunch and Covid cases across the UK on the rise, many Britons fear the nation is walking straight into a winter disaster. ... Read more »

The iPod is still here, it's just evolved

Twenty years after the first iPod debuted, it’s hard to even find whether iPods exist anymore on Apple’s website. They do, technically: one iPod Touch remains. But really, iPods are ... Read more »

Brexit Is Still a Hot Mess

From the pandemic to President Joseph Biden’s election, the January 6 insurrection, and the vaccine rollout, a lot has changed in the last 18 months. © Mark Kerrison-In Pictures Loyalists ... Read more »

UAE: CBSE schools begin pre-board exams

© Provided by Khaleej Times UAE: CBSE schools begin pre-board exams CBSE schools across the UAE have begun the pre-board exams, ahead of the final board exams, which are scheduled ... Read more »

UAE programme vaccinates 102 million children in Pakistan against polio

© Provided by Khaleej Times UAE programme vaccinates 102 million children in Pakistan against polio The UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme (UAE PAP) has announced the results of the UAE Polio ... Read more »

Dubai to celebrate Diwali with fireworks, special offers, Expo 2020 shows

© Provided by Khaleej Times Dubai to celebrate Diwali with fireworks, special offers, Expo 2020 shows Dubai is set to glitter this October and November as Diwali – the Indian ... Read more »

UAE: Cyber Security Council launches internship programme for Emirati graduates

© Provided by Khaleej Times UAE: Cyber Security Council launches internship programme for Emirati graduates The UAE Cyber Security Council (CSC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Etisalat, ... Read more »

Victoria Beckham shares secret to happy 22 year marriage with David

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Victoria Beckham has shared the secret behind her successful 22 year marriage to husband David Beckham.  Speaking to Stellar Magazine this week, the ... Read more »

The 7 coolest electric cars coming soon, from Aptera's solar three-wheeler to Canoo's pickup

© Aptera An Aptera prototype. Aptera Tons of startups are working tirelessly to launch new electric vehicles to the US market. They’re planning burly SUVs, six-figure luxury sedans, and pickup ... Read more »

UK weather: Atlantic systems to drench Britain in TWO INCHES of rain in weekend washout

The Met Office says a new Atlantic stream will see gale-force winds and torrential rain lash most parts of Britain next week. Temperatures across the country will be mild and ... Read more »

Hideki Matsuyama one shot in front heading into final round of ZOZO Championship

© PA Images Hideki Matsuyama Hideki Matsuyama maintained his one-shot lead heading into the final round of the PGA Tour‘s ZOZO Championship, despite a last-hole bogey on Saturday. The home ... Read more »

Mikel Arteta applauds his Arsenal players after impressive win over Aston Villa

© PA Wire Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta liked what he saw from his players against Aston Villa (Zac Goodwin/PA) – PA Wire Mikel Arteta praised the collective performance from his ... Read more »

Nadine Dorries commits to online safety reforms in memory of David Amess

© Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images The culture secretary has condemned online hate, which she said has “poisoned public life”, as she pledged to bring in sweeping ... Read more »

The 22 most outrageous mistakes in TV shows

© Netflix / Warner Bros Television / Rex Features / 20th Century Fox tv-mistakes.jpg Unsurprisingly, things don’t always go to plan when making TV shows. Careless shots reveal cameramen in ... Read more »

Virat Kohli on quitting T20I captaincy: Won't give fodder to people trying to dig what doesn't exist

I have already explained myself a lot: Virat Kohli opens up on quitting T20I captaincy India captain Virat Kohli on Saturday opened up on his decision to quit the national ... Read more »

NBA 75th Anniversary Team Announced Featuring 76 Players

© Provided by News18 A total of 158 NBA championships and 730 NBA All-Star selections. A combined 110 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Awards and Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP ... Read more »

Australia vs South Africa ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Live Cricket Score: Nortje strikes early to send Finch packing

17:28:55 IST Warner gets off the mark with a risky single off the 2nd ball. Finch doesn’t get off to the best of starts and breathes a sigh of relief ... Read more »

Justice Sotomayor on Supreme's Court's refusal to block Texas abortion law: 'Catastrophic'

Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor called the high court’s refusal to once again block Texas’ six-week abortion law “catastrophic.” © Getty Images Justice Sotomayor on Supreme’s Court’s refusal to block ... Read more »

Latest COVID-19 figures as nightclubs finally reopen

© Provided by Extra.ie The latest COVID-19 figures have been released following the lifting of most restrictions on Friday evening. The Department of Health has been notified of 2,427 new ... Read more »

Two men arrested as police investigate more than 140 reports of injection spiking incidents across UK

© Provided by Edinburgh Evening News More than 140 drink and injection spiking incidents have been reported to police forces across the UK over the past two months. It comes ... Read more »

Reaching global climate deal will be tough, Cop26 president says

© Justin Tallis Alok Sharma (Justin Tallis/PA) Securing a global climate deal in Glasgow will be “really tough”, Cop26 president Alok Sharma has warned. He said sealing any agreement to ... Read more »

5 to-do list apps that make great Wunderlist alternatives

Wunderlist, the beloved cloud-based task management app, shuttered in May 2020. Microsoft, which purchased Wunderlist’s parent company 6Wunderkinder in 2015, didn’t leave its app devotees high and dry, however. After ... Read more »

Prison chief: Mississippi preps for 1st execution since 2012

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi prison employees will conduct once-a-week rehearsals as the state prepares for its first execution since 2012, Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain says. © Provided by Associated ... Read more »

Non-binary Oklahoma state rep condemns governor's comments on gender: 'You don't see me'

An Oklahoma state representative this week blasted Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) over comments he made denying the existence of non-binary people, saying that it is difficult to work with the ... Read more »

Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol starrer 'DDLJ' being adapted into a Broadway musical

© Provided by Khaleej Times Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol starrer ‘DDLJ’ being adapted into a Broadway musical Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol-starrer Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which recently completed 26 ... Read more »

Singers Assala Nasri and Abdallah Al Rowaished to perform at Khorfakkan Amphitheatre

© Provided by The National Singer Assala Nasri will perform at Sharjah’s Khorfakkan Amphitheatre. Photo: DCT Abu Dhabi One of the UAE’s newest performing venues is set to host a ... Read more »

I tried an off-menu grilled cheese with a burger patty at Five Guys, and it was better than I expected

© Provided by INSIDER I loved the patty melt at Five Guys. Rachel Askinasi/Insider I tried adding a beef patty to the grilled cheese at Five Guys after seeing the ... Read more »

Pregnant women pass fewer coronavirus antibodies to unborn boys than girls - a clue as to why men are more vulnerable to severe COVID-19

© Associated Press A pregnant woman wears a mask during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Charles Krupa/AP Photo Pregnant women carrying baby boys have fewer coronavirus antibodies than those ... Read more »

Chelsea vs Norwich City: How to watch, live stream link, start time, TV channel, odds, prediction

© Provided by NBC Sports Premier League leaders Chelsea hope their run of attacking injuries don’t short-circuit a straightforward run of fixtures that continues with a visit from Norwich City ... Read more »

Good's CT mayoral candidate wants action after PP findings into Winde, Bredell

© https://twitter.com/ewnreporter/status/1265187482490097666/photo/1 FILE: Western Cape Premier Alan Winde. CAPE TOWN – Good mayoral candidate Brett Herron says there needs to be strong action after Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and ... Read more »

Hanya sembang ‘kedai kopi', tiada perbincangan rasmi agihan kerusi Umno-PAS

© Provided by Free Malaysia Today Pesuruhjaya PAS Melaka, Kamaruddin Sidek menolak desas-desus kononnya PAS sudah mengadakan perbincangan sulit dengan Umno mengenai pembahagian kerusi untuk PRN Melaka. PETALING JAYA: Pesuruhjaya ... Read more »

Third jailbreak in Nigeria this year; Dozens of inmates escape

© Provided by Hindustan Times Third jailbreak in Nigeria this year; Dozens of inmates freed. (Representational image) Dozens of inmates were freed after gunmen attacked a prison in southwest Nigeria, ... Read more »

Sovereign Gold Bond Series VII opens on October 25, here's all details

© Nishant Kumar Sovereign Gold Bond Series VII opens on October 25, here’s all details The seventh tranche of sovereign gold bonds (SGBs) issued by the RBI (Reserve Bank of ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic