Auto theft and auto break in’s


The Kernersville Police Department took multiple reports over the weekend of theft from motor vehicles and larceny of motor vehicles. We are working very hard to apprehend the offender(s) but we need your help to reduce the opportunity for them to commit these offenses.

A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF THESE CARS WERE UNLOCKED! Please remind your neighbors and be sure you are securing your property and making it difficult for people to steal it. Don’t leave objects in the …vehicle(s) or in plain sight that create a desire to break in.

Please DO NOT leave firearms in your vehicle’s unless you are visiting a location that mandates you do so by law. In your drive way, parked, unattended is NOT A PLACE TO SECURE YOUR FIREARM. Use your home and have a safe or gun lock applied to the firearm. (We give them away for free! Contact us if needed)

§ 14-315.1. Storage of firearms to protect minors.
(a) Any person who resides in the same premises as a minor, owns or possesses a firearm, and stores or leaves the firearm (i) in a condition that the firearm can be discharged and (ii) in a manner that the person knew or should have known that an unsupervised minor would be able to gain access to the firearm, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor if a minor gains access to the firearm without the lawful permission of the minor’s parents or a person having charge of the minor and the minor:
(1) Possesses it in violation of G.S. 14-269.2(b);
(2) Exhibits it in a public place in a careless, angry, or threatening manner;
(3) Causes personal injury or death with it not in self-defense; or
(4) Uses it in the commission of a crime.
(b) Nothing in this section shall prohibit a person from carrying a firearm on his or her body, or placed in such close proximity that it can be used as easily and quickly as if carried on the body.
(c) This section shall not apply if the minor obtained the firearm as a result of an unlawful entry by any person.
(d) “Minor” as used in this section means a person under 18 years of age who is not emancipated. (1993, c. 558, s. 2; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 14, s. 11.)

Keep in mind, while there are times you can’t be held criminally liable, you can most certainly be held civilly liable for failing to secure your firearm!

Please be alert and observant. Anything that seems out of place, please call the police department at 336-996-3177 to report it. Try to get tag numbers if available and descriptions of the persons are also very important. So take mental notes and/or write it down quickly.

Thanks and as always, stay safe. These are links to our crime mapping to show you the areas being affected.