HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford Police are investigating a report of firearms being stolen from the home of a man who passed away last week. According to police, the man’s son and his mother had gone to the house on Garden Street to secure his belongings and noticed three firearms were missing. They claim that multiple family members had entered the home since her son’s father’s death. The Shooting Task Force and MCD Burglary Unit have both been notified. Hartford Police say they have seen a dramatic increase in firearm thefts in 2016. Hartford Police have sent the following letter to all residents who are State of Connecticut pistol permit holders with information and resources on how to prevent theft and ensure safe use of firearms.
Dear Connecticut Pistol Permittee,
The Hartford Police Department is committed to providing a safe environment for city residents and visitors. As a pistol permittee, we are asking for your help and support by ensuring that your guns are protected from theft and safely stored. Recently a number of gun owners have had firearms stolen from their cars and residences. The Hartford Police Department offers information and resources on how to prevent theft and ensure safe use of firearms in our community:
- A gun left in a car – particularly in an unlocked center console or glove compartment, is at high risk of theft. Remove guns from unattended cars to prevent theft. However, if you must leave your gun in the car, take steps that will protect it. Install a gun lockbox that is bolted to the car frame, or at minimum, secure the firearm with a cable lock away from public view.
- Guns are frequently stolen during residential burglaries. Insure that your firearms are protected while you are not home by safely storing them in a locked gun safe or cabinet. By doing so, you will reduce the chances of your gun being stolen and used in a crime.
- The brochure; “Your Guide to Firearms and Permits in Connecticut” published by The Connecticut State Police provides valuable information related to legal gun ownership. The brochure and up-to-date information related to firearm ownership and Connecticut gun laws can be accessed at www.ct.gov/despp. (See Online Services/Frequently Asked Questions)
- If you would like to turn in unwanted firearms for a gift card, a gun buyback is scheduled on December 17, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Renewal Team, 555 Windsor Street, Hartford, CT or by presenting your pistol permit to an officer, free cable gunlocks will be available to assist you in securing your firearm(s) at the gun buyback and at the front desk of Hartford Police Headquarters, 253 High Street, Hartford, CT.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Safe storage prevents guns from falling into the hands of criminals who use them for illegal and often tragic purposes. I am confident with your support we can reduce and prevent gun violence in the City of Hartford.
James C. Rovella, Hartford Chief of Police