The records are only written on paper, never entered electronically, and not kept by the police department. Instead they’re kept until the person returns and the only copy is given back to the owner along with their property.
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West Milton Chief of Police Harry Busse explained the program started because someone was going out of town and asked if it was possible for the department to store his guns. This was right after the department got new lockers and had the old ones that didn’t have a purpose. They decided to offer the locker space to store valuables of anyone going out of town.
Several people have taken advantage of this program since it was established. Busse said that over his career he’s seen countless instances of a house being broken into, and one of the things stolen were guns.
“I understand that not too long ago one of the neighboring towns here had a house broken into and weapons taken,” Busse said.
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He said he views the gun and valuable storage as a form of crime prevention and keeping the guns in the possession of the rightful owners.
Busse also acknowledged that it’s not likely that larger cities would be able to offer this kind of program.