Because of the growing number of guns reported stolen from unlocked vehicles in Lafayette, Police Chief Jim Craft on Thursday said the department is looking into an outreach campaign to encourage residents to lock their vehicles and secure their weapons.
Most of the 19 guns reported stolen last week in Lafayette were swiped from unlocked vehicles, according to the Lafayette Police Department’s most recent weekly crime statistics report, dated Oct. 19-25.
The 19 stolen firearms include 14 handguns, three hunting rifles, an AR-15 and an AK-47, said Police Department spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton. Thirteen of the guns were stolen from unlocked vehicles, one in a residential burglary and one was reported as a theft.
Another four guns were reported missing from stolen vehicles, Mouton said. One of those vehicles had three guns inside.
Craft said some of the 219 guns stolen from unlocked vehicles in 2014 were later used in crimes, including the Sept. 11, 2014, shooting and injuring of an officer working to apprehend a man wanted in another shooting.