RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in burglaries of various types of guns over the holiday season.
“Burglars always target high-end electronics, credit cards, firearms and jewelry, whether they’re hitting homes or cars,” Detective Jamin Humphress said. “With recent changes in Tennessee’s law that allow any law-abiding citizen to pack handguns, rifles or shotguns in their vehicles, those thefts have increased.”
The problem is that many residents are not taking their firearms inside their residence, according to authorities.
“So more guns are being stolen and often from unlocked cars of owners who don’t have the serial number of their stolen weapons,” he said. “Without serial numbers to enter into the NCIC system, the chance of recovery drops to near zero.”
Detectives recommend gun owners do the following:
- Record serial number of all your firearms and photograph them.
- Do the same with high-priced jewelry, home and portable electronics.
- Don’t advertise the fact you pack guns on you, in your car or that you’re out of town on social media.
- Lock all vehicles at night after removing valuables.
- Lock your home and storage buildings without fail, even while you’re at home.
- Leave bright exterior lights on all night and consider burglar alarms and 24-hour video surveillance.
- Make sure your valuables are listed with your home and auto insurance providers so you may get a settlement after theft.
Anyone with information about car burglaries or thefts in the area of the Old Nashville Highway and Smyrna can call Detective Humphress at 615-904-3054 or the CID Office at 615-898-7916 in other areas of the county.