Due to an uptick in car break-ins, the Wichita Police Department is warning gun owners to be vigilant when storing a firearm in their vehicles.
Wichita police say so far this year, thieves have stolen 78 guns out of cars throughout the city.
The break-ins have happened in retail parking lots, along city streets and in home driveways.
Sgt. Nikki Woodrow says if you have to leave a gun in a vehicle, take extra precaution.
"Have a lock box, have that extra safety measure, have a lock around your gun – that could be a major deterrent," she says.