Editorial: Policy needs review after theft of weapon from car

A thief broke into Johnson County Coroner Craig Lutz’s vehicle last month and stole his badge, county-provided radio, personal laptop that he used for work such as investigating current cases and a handgun.

This was a lapse that never should have happened. A personal vehicle parked outside should not be considered secure storage. It also raised questions about policies on storing such equipment.

Local policies require police and firefighters with take-home vehicles to make sure the doors stay locked at all times, guns are secured in safes or locking racks, and other gear, such as radios or flashlights, is either locked away or brought in the house. But policies differ on exactly what can stay in the vehicle and what has to be taken inside.

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