Loudoun Sees Rise in Gun Thefts from Vehicles

Loudoun Sees Rise in Gun Thefts from Vehicles

Since November, 14 guns have been reported stolen from vehicles in Loudoun County, a dramatic increase from the four reported in all of 2015, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO).

The majority of the vehicles were either unlocked or showed no signs of forced entry, LCSO Public Information Officer Kraig Troxell said.

He reported that five were rifles and nine were handguns, and that the thefts spanned 10 different cases. Most of the stolen firearms have not been recovered.

“This poses a great risk to the community,” Sheriff Mike Chapman said. “Gun owners should properly secure and store their firearms in safe locations.”

In an effort to assist gun owners with properly securing their firearms, LCSO is providing free gunlock safety kits donated through Project ChildSafe, a nationwide firearms safety education program.

Each kit contains a safety curriculum and a cable style gunlock. The locks fit on most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns. The goal is to prevent a child or any other unauthorized person from accessing a firearm in the home, LCSO officials said.

The safety kits will be distributed on a first come-first served basis at five LCSO locations, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Administration Building
803 Sycolin Road
Leesburg, VA 20175

Dulles South Public Safety Center
25216 Loudoun County Pkwy.
Chantilly, VA 20152

Eastern Loudoun Station
46620 East Frederick Dr.
Sterling, VA 20164

University Station
45299 Research Pl. #100
Ashburn, VA 20147

Western Loudoun Station
47 W. Loudoun St.
Round Hill, VA