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Casper Police Department shares results from Lock it Up Campaign

Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 11:25 AM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Casper Police Department concluded the Lock it Up Campaign earlier this month. The primary focus of the campaign was to encourage individuals to take firearms out of their vehicles.

If you logged onto Facebook anytime between November 8th and January 8th, you probably know what posts this is referring to. It was part of a social media campaign to remind Natrona County residents to lock up their firearms.

“Our belief was if we can encourage our community and remind them to take their firearms out of their vehicles, perhaps we can make a positive impact in terms of keeping those firearms out of the hands of criminals,” said Rebekah Ladd, the Public Information Officer for Casper Police Department.

Auto burglaries are not uncommon in this area, and the Casper Police Department says there’s a correlation between the two types of thefts.

“What we have found over the years is this trend of auto burglaries going up, individuals leaving firearms within cars that become victims of auto burglary, and therefore these firearms are getting into the hands of criminals,” said Ladd.

During the two month campaign, only fifteen firearms were reported missing, which is a 35 percent decrease from the past two years. Auto burglaries, however, were on the rise.

“Statistically speaking, you should have seen firearm thefts also go up if auto burglaries also went up over that time, but because we believe people were seeing those messages, taking those firearms out of those cars, you saw the exact opposite,” said Ladd.

The department is looking for ways to decrease the number of auto burglaries, including speaking with hotel managers and business owners and sharing data to make them aware of what is happening.

“They can better inform their guests or clients or customers and really just try to address this issue from every angle,” said Ladd.

The department believes using this social media campaign was a positive step in the right direction.

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