DPD recently gave out about 100 gun locks and more are available if you ask for one.
Hundreds of guns were stolen out of cars and homes in Denver in 2022 — some of which ended up in the hands of juveniles, according to Denver police.
Overall gun thefts in the city have increased by 85% since 2019, data shows. Nearly 1,000 guns were stolen from cars, cars that were stolen and homes that were burglarized. And there have been six accidental shootings as a result of juveniles gaining access to a weapon inside of a home — four of those incidents were fatal just this year alone, said Ron Thomas, police chief at the Denver Police Department.
But there are practical steps people can take to keep guns out of reach. Thomas said many accidental deaths come as a result of using guns that were stolen and unsecured in people’s homes and cars.
Denver police, in partnership with five parks and recreational centers across the city, recently provided free gun locks for the public to help assist people in locking up their weapons, Thomas said. Police said more than 100 gun locks were distributed during the giveaway. Anyone interested in getting a lock can contact their local police district office.