I was just reading the most recent report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) regarding theft of firearms.
The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) is an annual data collection conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).
A few highlights:
– About 1.4 million guns, or an annual average of 232,400, were stolen during burglaries and other property crimes in the six-year period from 2005 through 2010
– On average, firearms were stolen in an annual average of about 4% of the 2.4 million burglaries occurring each year, in 2% of the 529,200 robberies, and in less than 1% of the 13.6 million other crimes involving theft from 2005 through 2010
– From 2005 through 2010, 86% of burglaries and 75% of other property crimes involving a stolen firearm were reported to police
– Firearms were stolen in 2% of violent and 1% of property crimes involving theft from 2005 through 2010
– Handguns were the most common type of firearm stolen
– Property crimes involving only stolen firearms resulted in an average annual loss of $27 million
– Nearly 90% of burglaries involving stolen firearms were reported to the police
– About 4 of 5 firearms stolen during household property crimes were not recovered
– The majority of property crimes involving stolen firearms occurred in the South
You can read the full report here – http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?iid=4534&ty=pbdetail