Firearms were already a hot commodity for criminals to steal, or so I assume. I've never bought a gun illegally before so I can't really be sure. That being said, criminals have to get their guns from somewhere, and most of them don't go into a gun store to do a background check.
They steal them from people who didn't take the proper steps to secure their guns when not in use.
I assume that, as gun prices rise (because they become harder to find), the number of gun thefts will also rise (or at least stay the same). I don't say this because I think it's a direct correlation, however. I think this because with more gun owners out there, there are also likely more unsecured guns out there.
I feel as though this is a good reminder to NOT just buy your guns and ammo, but also a way of securing them if needed.
Do whatever you can to keep your gun from being used in a crime, to include the following:
Don't leave your gun in the car —
Many gun thefts happen because someone left their gun unsecured in the car. If you do decide to leave your gun in the car, make sure it is as secure as possible so it's not stolen.
While taking your guns inside is the safest bet, keeping them secured in a proper safe that can remain in your car is a close second.
Don't mark yourself for theft —
This may surprise some of you, but criminals look for telltale signs of certain things. Just like the big house on the hill indicates that the homeowner may have a lot of nice things and money, having NRA, Glock, or SIG stickers on your car or house is a dead giveaway to a prudent criminal.
I personally don't have stickers on any of my stuff. When I get a sticker with a gun or piece of gear it goes to one of my kids who plays with it until they're bored and then it goes in the trash.
Lock your unused guns up in a safe —
When we say unused, we mean any gun that is not currently in use. For example, a gun you're carrying on your body is in use. There are plenty of options for gun storage, many of these are dependent upon the number of guns you currently own or plan to own.
If you just own a single handgun and don't plan to grow a collection, a gun safe like this one that is mounted to the table you put it on is better than just leaving it on your nightstand.
Then again, if you own a number of handguns, rifles, and shotguns (or plan to) having a large safe can be much more secure.
Gun and ammo sales are up as the global pandemic spreads. Leading up to an election, I remain doubtful that the sales will slow much. As this happens thefts will also likely rise or at least stay steady with all the new gun owners. The best way to combat this is to lock your firearms up when they're not in use.
We have a selection of gun safes in various sizes and types if you're in need.