OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 news) - The 9 millimeter Glock... The most popular handgun in the world, standard issue for most law enforcers in America, and a target for criminals.
According to Sgt. Shawn O'Malley of the Roy Police, "when firearms are stolen, we wonder what the intent of the theft of the firearms is."
Roy Police made three arrests last month after what appeared to be a gang of thieves targeted a home, where they grabbed several handguns stored in a garage. Police say this case was one of a string of gun thefts throughout Weber County. They're telling gun owners to take action.
O'Malley says the simplest thing you can do is "keeping your home secured. keeping your doors locked."
At "Impact Guns" in Ogden, we found at least a dozen makes, models and sizes of safety devices. From 25-dollar locks to fingerprint-activated, humidity-controlled safes.
Store manager Craig Ball says he has guns within reach in almost every room of his house. He insists, he and his family, including his four year-old daughter, are safe.
Ball feels there are no excuses for guns being in the open where criminals may be able to steal them.
When asked where he leaves a gun when he sleeps, Ball says there is a gun "sitting on the top of the gun safe, right next to my bed. There's a flashlight and a gun right there."
Ball also says that, "education is the key. Guns are out there and they're always going to be out there."
Law enforcers say in a state where more people per capita own guns than in almost any other, protecting those weapons from drug-driven criminals who are more aggressive than ever is vital.