Frisco May 2021

CRIME Goal for police: curb gun thefts Frisco police are asking for the public’s help in reducing ! rearm theft. Between 2016 and 2020, Frisco averaged four stolen ! rearm reports a month. Last year, the city saw a slight uptick in the number of ! rearm theft reports as compared with 2019. While these thefts represent a fraction of the o " enses reported each year, police said these particu- lar crimes carry an added risk. “It’s one toomany if it ends up being used in the commission of a crime,” Frisco Police Sgt. Evan Mattei said. Data shows the majority of ! rearm thefts occur in residential neighborhoods—speci ! cally, from unlocked vehicles parked there. “We’re a safe, safe city, but we are not immune from crime,” Mattei said. “The overwhelming majority [of ! rearm thefts] are absolutely preventable.”

COMPILED BY VALERIE WIGGLESWORTH

WHERE IS FIREARM THEFT OCCURRING? More from residential areas vs. commercial areas: PERCENTAGES BASED ON 2016 " 20 THEFT REPORTS

AVOIDING THEFT • Properly store ! rearms in a secure location. • Never leave a ! rearm in an unlocked vehicle. If you must keep a ! rearm in a vehicle, consider using a safe or other type of lock box. • Keep serial numbers for all ! rearms in a secure location. • When a ! rearm is reported stolen, its serial number is logged into state and national databases so the gun can be tracked in case it turns up later. • As an added safety measure, Frisco police o " er free child locks for ! rearms to any gun owner. “GUNOWNERSHIP CARRIESWITH IT THE RESPONSIBILITYOF ENSURING THAT FIREARMS ARE KEPT SECURE

Firearm thefts in Frisco are often connected with motor vehicle burglaries, which declined in 2020 while ! rearm thefts increased slightly. MOTOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES IN FRISCO

20.6%: Apartment complex

Number of burglaries

Total 245

Rate per 1,000 residents

53.1%: Residential neighborhood

2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 Year

2.77 3.34 3.96 3.79 3.56

570 645 725 654 570

26.3%: Commercial/retail area/other More from vehicles vs. buildings:

From a vehicle: 77.1% From a home or other location: 16.7% Recovered stolen gun in vehicle: 6.2%* *INVOLVES STOLEN FIREARMS FOUND DURING LAWFUL SEARCHES OF VEHICLES IN FRISCO Total 245 Of the theft reports from vehicles, the majority involve unlocked vehicles:

FIREARM THEFT IN FRISCO The number of stolen ! rearm reports taken in Frisco increased from 34 in 2016 to 51 in 2020.

20 40 60 80

Unknown entry: 19.2%** Forced entry: 13.1%

DAVID SHILSON, FRISCO POLICE CHIEF AND STORED PROPERLY.”

Total 190

Unlocked vehicle: 67.7%

0 2016

2017 2018 2019

2020

**UNCLEAR WHETHER THE VEHICLE WAS LOCKED AND THERE ARE NO OBVIOUS SIGNS OF FORCED ENTRY

NOTE: A SINGLE REPORT MAY INCLUDE THE THEFT OF MULTIPLE FIREARMS. SOURCE: FRISCO POLICE DEPARTMENT ! COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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