Natrona County, Wyoming (August 26th, 2021) – Crime Stoppers of Central Wyoming is shining a light on recent local crime trends in an effort to inform the community, gain information, and ultimately help reduce criminal activity in Natrona County.
The Crime Stoppers of Central Wyoming Board consists of representatives from throughout different sectors of the community including local and large businesses, non profit organizations, educational institutions, and law enforcement agencies. The board meets quarterly to discuss, among other topics, emerging crime trends in Natrona County.
Last quarter, the board shared information about increasing levels of juvenile related crimes within our community, specifically the increase of stolen firearms and auto burglaries as it relates to juvenile criminal activity.
This quarter, Crime Stoppers is following up on that trend, by sharing insight into how those stolen firearms are being used in criminal activity within Natrona County.
“A firearm is not stolen so that it can be used recreationally,” said Crime Stoppers of Central Wyoming President John Becker. “Firearms are stolen so the person committing that crime can go commit further, more dangerous crimes, and that is exactly what is happening in Natrona County. Recently, multiple firearms reported stolen within our community have been found as a result of search warrants related to serious crimes occurring locally. This means that the criminals who are stealing firearms by means
such as an auto-burglary, are then using those firearms to commit more serious and violent crimes. This is exactly why we must all do our part to keep our firearms secured at all times, no matter the circumstance.”
Law enforcement agencies from across the area agree this is a rising crime trend in Natrona County – as well as a crime trend that all citizens can help to mitigate by keeping firearms secured.
If you have knowledge related to stolen firearms or the use of stolen firearms, your information could get you a monetary reward. You can submit your tip to Crime Stoppers anonymously by calling 307-577-8477 or online at crime-stoppers.com. Information submitted that is deemed credible by law enforcement and assists in the furthering of an investigation qualifies for a reward.
Crime Stoppers of Central Wyoming is committed to increasing public safety awareness in Natrona County. Crime Stoppers shares a quarterly public safety awareness bulletin highlighting a current public safety issue in Natrona County.
Crime Stoppers is administered by a volunteer board in conjunction with applicable police, sheriff, and other law enforcement agencies. Our local Central Wyoming Chapter is responsible for raising funds to offer as rewards for tips that lead to solving crimes in our community, making our neighborhoods safer places to live and do business. Your participation will help our neighbors who have been victimized by crime. You can help stop future crimes by providing anonymous tips and through donations to the organization. To learn more visit crime-stoppers.com