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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Unsecured guns in a home could be stolen and used to commit crimes on the streets, and Police are reminding everyone to lock up firearms in the wake of several stolen in Valdosta.

Police said two thieves nearly got away with several guns from a house on Pebblewood Drive before the homeowner caught them Monday.

Valdosta Police Officer Vernotas Williams says keeping your guns locked up plays a big part in helping keep the city safe.

"If you keep all your guns and all your weapons in a type of safe or lock box, or area that prevents people from getting it, then that makes the city more safer," said Williams.

Officials also suggest storing bullets separately from a gun, but in a lock box as well.

Travis Cooley, at T3 Outdoors in Valdosta, echoes the advice of police.

"The best option is going to be to store the firearms in some sort of safe; good quality steel. Typically, you want it bolted to the concrete in the house, in an obscure location," said Cooley.

As a gun owner himself, he practices what he preaches.

"I actually bought the safe before I bought the firearms so I would have somewhere to secure 'em because I don't want to give a thief access to any firearms," said Cooley.

To receive a free gun lock for a hand gun or rifle, contact the Valdosta Police Department at (229) 242-2606.

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