Car thefts decreased “a dramatic 16.3 percent” in Memphis last year, according to the Commercial Appeal. (In Bartlett this number was over 33%.)

On the other hand, car burgluraries jumped up 24 percent.

So at least they are leaving your car — it just has a smashed window, torn up dash where they ripped out the radio, and so on. But you can still drive home.

A sure way to stop car burglaries, [Memphis Police Lt. Joseph Scott] said, is to stop leaving valuables in cars where they can be seen. “A car is not secure,” Scott said. Leaving guns, cameras, laptops “entices them to break in to get their fix.”

Why would you leave your gun in the car? It should stay with you! How else are you going to stop the bad guys?