The Wichita Falls Police Department observed an alarming crime trend in our community back in May of this year. Officers were seeing an increase in vehicle burglaries. Aside from the crime itself officers were finding that the vehicles that were broken into showed no signs of forced entry and firearms were left unsecure.
Between May 7th and May 20th 45 vehicles were entered into and 12 firearms were stolen. Of those vehicles that were entered into none of them showed signs of forced entry.
With the help of local media getting the word out to the public regarding the need to keep firearms secured and vehicles locked along with an aggressive proactive police response that resulted in multiple arrests the WFPD has seen a decrease in vehicle burglaries.
Between July 16th and July 29th 16 vehicles were entered into with two firearms stolen. Of those vehicles that were entered into none of them showed signs of forced entry. That is a 64% decrease in vehicle burglaries compared to the two weeks reported in May.
Although, it is a positive to see the number of vehicle burglaries decreasing the WFPD would still like to remind everyone to lock their vehicles and secure their firearms. When encountering a locked vehicle criminals most often leave it and go looking for an easier target. Never leave a firearm unsecured in a vehicle. An unsecured firearm can become the weapon that hurts or kills an innocent victim.