Burglars Steal Guns, Trade for Cash and Drugs in Waterloo, Iowa

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We’ve known for years that burglars steal guns – and that firearms have been added to the list of things burglars target most – the list also includes cash, jewelry, electronics, and prescription drugs.

I’ve posted on this topic before, recommending that homeowners use guns safes – and that they equip those gun safes with FrontPoint’s interactive monitoring to receive alerts any time the safe is opened.

The statistics on how many guns remain unprotected in the home are enough to scare you – and this recent new article from Waterloo, Iowa is just one more excellent example of why it’s so important to secure firearms in the home, as well as your home itself.

Details on the Burglary

Police said they have recovered two more guns stolen from a Waterloo home in April. They said another teenager is also now charged in the case. Police said the teens stole 28 rifles, handguns and shotguns from a house on William Drive while the owners were out of town. They also stole jewelry, shoes and video games, according to police.

Wow – 28 guns! That seems like a lot, but I know collectors who own more than that. All the more reason to keep them secured – and monitored.

Six Teens Arrested and Charged

Officers initially arrested four teen-aged males for the thefts. The suspects face felony charges of theft, burglary, and trafficking stolen weapons. Prosecutors also charged two teenage girls for their involvement with felony theft and burglary. One girl is also charged with trafficking stolen weapons.

Trading Guns for Money and Marijuana

Police said the teens traded the guns to Darrius Redd, 26, in exchange for money and marijuana. Redd is charged with nine counts of trafficking stolen weapons and nine counts of possessing a firearm as a felon. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports police on Sunday arrested another ten male for theft and trafficking stolen weapons. Police said they found part of a shotgun in his house that was reported stolen from the William Drive home.

Police across the U.S. are taking note of how much residential crime is related to drug use and addiction. The statistics on these crimes are bad – and they are getting worse.

What You Can Do

Of course, the best solution is to have a monitored alarm system in the home – especially one with smarter interactive features. In addition to traditional intrusion detection, today’s most advanced systems can send you a text or email any time a door opens. And many of the gun owners who use these systems place a door contact on their gun cabinet or gun safe: that way, they are notified any time the cabinet or safe is opened, even by a member of the family, such as a child. Now that’s peace of mind.

Shop Home Security with Confidence

With a burglary occurring roughly every 14 seconds in the U.S., more and more homeowners are opting for a safe and reliable way to protect their homes and families. And when they shop online, they look for companies with the most advanced technology and the best reputation, as shown by customer reviews on sites like Angie’s List.

You deserve a sense of security. And that’s what your home alarm system should do: make you feel safer when you’re at home… or away.

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