Des Moines police are dealing with a disturbing crime statistic; the number of stolen guns in the metro is skyrocketing.
In 2012, 222 weapons were reported lost or stolen in the city of Des Moines. That figure has more than doubled in the last four years.
In 2008, just 95 missing or stolen guns were reported.
Police say cutting down on gun thefts is a priority because it isn’t an isolated crime. Police say when a gun is stolen there’s a good chance it will be used to commit another crime.
“By and large when we do recover guns used in crimes, whether it’s drive-bys or shootings or things like that, it’s not firearms that person went and bought and used for that crime,” explains Sgt. Jason Halifax.
“The stuff we’re seeing in criminal activity typically is stuff that is stolen or traded or gotten under the table or not through official legal means.”
The effects of the stolen guns is already being seen in other crime statistics as the number of shootings and shots fired calls has increased in the last year.