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Kootenai County Sheriff's Office investigating stolen firearms

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The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is investigating several home burglaries in which firearms were stolen. The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is investigating several home burglaries in which firearms were stolen.
KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - In the month of September, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office has taken reports of six residential burglaries with numerous firearms being stolen. 


The Sheriff's Office told KHQ all but one of the burglaries were forced entries with weapons being taken from a bedroom, and only half of the reported firearms listed in the reports still had their serial numbers. 


In light of these recent burglaries, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is offering tips to the public to keep their valuables safe.


1.) Keep your homes locked and secured when you're not there. 


2.) Place all firearms in a secure and locked location, if possible.


3.) Make a list of your property (including firearms) listed with all serial numbers. For jewelry and other items, photograph them and place those photos onto a CD. Make two copies of your list and CD, then secure them in two different locations. The Sheriff's Office said if you do this, you will greatly increase the chances of your property being returned if it is stolen. 


4.) Report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood to your local law enforcement agency.


The Sheriff's Office also wanted to note, if you live in unincorporated parts of Kootenai County, such as Athol, Dalton Gardens, Fernan, Harrison, Hayden, Huetter and Worley, you may be interested in the following programs:


1.) Neighborhood Watch Program: This is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear in your neighborhood according to the Sheriff's Office. 


2.) Home Safety Security Check: This program actually has a Kootenai County Sheriff's Deputy come to your home and conduct a full interior and exterior inspection of your house, with strategies to make your home more secure. If interested in this program, please call Gary Shults at 1-208-446-2121.

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