CASPER, Wyo. — A concerted public awareness campaign including daily social reminders has resulted in a 35% decrease in stolen firearms compared to the last two years, the Casper Police Department announced Friday.
This two-month Lock It Up campaign ran between November 8, 2021 and January 8, 2022 and used daily social media postings reminding citizens to secure their homes, cars, and firearms.
Police said at the start of the campaign in November that there had been a 70% increase in instances of firearms being stolen over the two previous years.
“Paired with an ongoing issue of auto burglaries within the community, the number of stolen firearms has been increasing in Casper over the last several years,” police said, adding that ten-year data showed that gun thefts peaked in the month of January.
During this year’s campaign, 15 firearms were reported stolen in Casper.
Over the same dates last year, 23 firearms were reportedly stolen. Over the same period the previous year (ending January 8, 2020), 23 firearms were reported stolen as well.
“Keeping guns out of the hands of criminals is a top effort of the Casper Police Department,” said Casper Police Investigations Lieutenant Ben Mattila. “Our investigations uncover stolen firearms and the use of stolen firearms in many crimes in our community.”
“The primary goal of this campaign was to not only decrease the number of stolen firearms, but to also bring a strong awareness to this issue. We remain committed to the citizens of Casper to bring those responsible for committing these crimes to justice while continuing our efforts to bring awareness to ways we can work together with our community to keep Casper safe,” Mattila said.