FOX10 News has learned the City of Mobile and the Mobile Police Department will soon start a campaign to help better educate people about the need to keep weapons secure.

Police say the gun Marco Perez used to kill Officer Sean Tuder was stolen from an unlocked vehicle just a few days before the shooting.


Police have long wanted people to realize just how dangerous the prospect of weapons stolen from unlocked vehicles can be.

They say those weapons can be used by a criminal against the owner of the weapon, or against someone else.

However, police say they respect the right of people to own weapons and defend themselves.

They're just asking everyone to be responsible.

Tuesday, Mobile Public Safety Director James Barber said the city plans to start producing a series of public service announcements about the importance of locking up weapons.

Barber said, "There will be some public service announcements. We'll continue to remind the public to secure these firearms so they don't end up in the wrong hands and don't end up hurting other people and showing up in our crime scenes. And to remind the public, we have about 1,200 guns that have been taken annually from vehicles here in the city, 80 percent of which are unlocked at the time they're taken."

We understand details on the program are just being worked out.

It's not known if the campaign will use billboards, or television or radio, and there's no word on an exact timetable.

But Barber believes it is a crucial issue that can save lives.

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