LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Lake Charles Police Department said they have seen an increase in weapons complaints this year.
“We, as a police department, have handled more than 100 weapons complaints since January 1st," Lt. Jeff Keenum said. "I think it’s outrageous. 39 days into the year and we’ve had 100 plus weapons complaints? It’s unacceptable.”
Keenum said weapons complaints aren’t necessarily all gun related, but he says they have had many firearm calls recently. Keenum says since Thanksgiving, the department has worked over 30 gun related calls but he believes the actual number could be higher.
“We have several open investigations right now, in which the entire police department is focused on trying to solve. And I mean, it is a total team effort.” Keenum said.
Keenum said these weapons complaints are not in any specific area, but spread out through the city. Friday afternoon, St. Louis Catholic High School went on a precautionary lock down as police searched for a nearby shooting suspect.
“Our property crimes division handles; I can’t tell you how many vehicle break-ins where the home owner or vehicle owner leaves a weapon in their vehicle and leaves it unlocked. Come on," Keenum said.
Keenum says with the recent uptick in vehicle burglaries, from 65 reports last month in a commuter parking lot in Lake Charles to over 100 reports in Sulphur earlier this week. He stresses to never leave valuable items, especially weapons, in your vehicles as those stolen weapons could be used to commit a crime.
“In a perfect world, you should be able to leave your vehicle unlocked. You should be able to leave your gun and your purse and all your property in your vehicle," Keenum said. "It’s not a perfect world in which we live. It’s a day and time where if it’s not bolted down someone will try and get it from you unfortunately.”