Weapons stolen from police van raise questions about vehicle alarms

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- MPD Tactical is a high-powered unit with high-powered weapons, so much that the Memphis Police Department isn't telling us how those weapons are secured.

Saturday, a TACT Unit 2004 White Ford Econoline Van was hit by thieves.

They stole a shotgun, assault rifle, department handgun, ammunition and other gear,

"You try to look for ways to enhance security when you can," said Chip Washington with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

SCSO also has a TACT Unit, and their TACT officers have weapons and gear with them all the time.

"If you are a law enforcement agent you have to be ready at all times to perform your duties," said Washington.

While Memphis Police refuse to answer if their TACT vehicles, including the one broken into Saturday, have alarms, we know the Sheriff's Department cars do have them.

"If someone like tries to break into your vehicle and you have an alarm, it will make a sound and go off. It's audible. So we have the same type of alarm system on all our vehicles," said Washington.

It only seems reasonable to drivers since law enforcement vehicles have powerful gear.

"Beep beep. That's all you gotta do. If I had guns in the car, I would hit it three times," said Ben Williams as he showed how he sets the alarm on his car.

Police say the thieves not only got through the van door, but also into a locked compartment, unnoticed.

"Somebody needs to be fired. If you are gonna have weapons like that in an unlocked vehicle, it needs to be locked down like a Brinks Security truck," said April Williams of Mississippi.

The Sheriff Department uses internal vaults in vehicles to make it harder to get to weapons.

Southaven police tell us they use the same thing, but Southaven also says considering the $40,000 cost to buy a police vehicle and equip it, some departments may opt out on alarms because of budget concerns.


  • Joe

    Another great choice Memphis…Hope the city council enjoyed there free meals while they couldn’t afford to alarm tact vans.

  • bambam84

    Nahh, they just fell of the back of the truck and were picked up by a couple of neighborhood friendly dope boys.

  • Hard Truths

    This reminds me of the 84 police flat tires, all at the same intersection in Frayser.

    MPD never did give the public an explanation for that obvious corruption involving many different officers. And of course, King Willie’s bureaucratic kingpin with the lucrative side business.

    No rational person can deny that this is a corrupt, very corrupt, police department, and that the corruption involved is not limited to the police department, but rather encompasses certain well-positioned crooks in Memphis working in collusion with the corrupt police..

    • bambam84

      Exactly. Just like Fox running a story a few weeks back about how ALL meter readers on top of squad cars were down, due to “Hardware And Software Issues.”
      The city was looking for the funds (again, at taxpayer extent, mind you) and having companies start “bid outs for contract rights.
      Such a joke, it’s always about the Dollar Bill here. Even something as simple as a tac van getting swiped. They don’t care about the guns being in the hands of “brazen criminals.”
      All they care about is how much they spent on the guns that were lost. Smh.

  • Hard Truths

    I really think the MPA should invite police recruiters from Haiti, and give Memphis’ finest a chance to become Ton Ton Macoutes.

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