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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Las Vegas police were urging gun owners to responsibly lock up their firearms.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department tweeted a video on Tuesday featuring one of their officers involved in a 2017 shooting where the suspect had a stolen gun.

According to police, 24 percent of stolen guns in the valley come from northwest Las Vegas including the one pointed at the officer shown in their video.

"We have a group of people or type of criminal that will prey on that specific area because it's nice," said Metro spokesman Officer Larry Hadfield.

Hadfield said gun owners need to keep their firearms in safes while not in use at home and some form of lock-box if left in a vehicle.

According to Metro, 20 percent of the 107 guns stolen in northwest Las Vegas were taken from vehicles.

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This problem is a direct spinoff of the knock-knock burglary wave gripping the Los Angeles San Fernando Valley. Although Las Vegas has plenty of it's own operators, many south LA thieves use Las Vegas as their target area. And for the record these crimes are rarely solved. Anyone that doesn't have security doors on each of your entrances should consider doing so at once. They can be acquired for as little as $99 each.

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