Theft of guns increasing in Wichita

WPD unveils new number for reporting crimes

July 06, 2018 - 4:24 am

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said on Thursday said the gun used in a home invasion turned shootout with a Wichita police officer in his own home earlier in the week was a stolen 9 mm.  Chief Ramsay there are increasing instances of guns being stolen from cars.  

"That is a preventable crime," said Chief Ramsay. "These guns now are likely in the hands of bad guys and, as we saw this week, used in a very serious crime."

Last year 293 guns were stolen from vehicles in Wichita. By comparison there were 51 guns stolen from cars reported in 2011. 

Now police are out on the streets telling people to not leave guns in cars and to look out for their neighbors. The police are also rolling out a new number to call police to report crimes. Ramsay says not everyone is comfortable calling 911. The new number is 316-519-2282. A field supervisor is monitoring that line 24/7 and callers remain anonymous.

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