DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Police say guns left in vehicles in downtown Detroit — in part because weapons aren’t allowed in nightclubs, Ford Field, and other venues — are being targeted by thieves.

The Detroit News reports Thursday the issue was raised at a recent Detroit police meeting, where command staff analyzed crime trends and discussed possible solutions. A theme of the meeting was getting illegal firearms off the street.

Police Chief James Craig, who’s been on he job in the city since June, said he wasn’t previously aware of the thefts.

One officer at the meeting said a Howell woman reported her car stolen outside a Greektown flower shop and that a shotgun and handgun were in the trunk.

Others at the meeting noted four thefts of firearms from vehicles over a one week period.

In October, police announced that they were stepping up patrols in some downtown parking areas after more than a dozen vehicles were broken into on a single Saturday.  Cell phones and bags were stolen.

H.E.A.T. (Help Eliminate Auto Thefts) encourages anyone with information on suspicious or criminal auto theft or break-in-related activity in your community contact the police department immediately, and then report the tip to H.E.A.T. at 1-800-242-HEAT or

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