Crash & Grab ramraids are very common thefts in the United States. Hundreds if not thousands of them occur every single week. Very often, the targets are cell phones at electronics stores, ATM machines at convenience stores, high end designer goods at retail stores, and of course cash and jewelry.
Now if such thefts occur at these types of stores, the effects are pretty limited; some company will deliver a new ATM machine, more iPhones will arrive via UPS, and some folks will get a great deal on stolen handbags on eBay.
But what if the successful thieves make off with a carload of guns?
Please take a look at the photo above -- it shows the storefront of a firearms store in Rocklin California, which is quite near Sacramento. How can a gun store that calls itself The Gun Vault have ABSOLUTELY NO PROTECTION WHATSOEVER against thieves who crashed in through the front door using nothing bigger or more powerful than -- wait for it -- a 1998 Nissan Maxima?????????????
See the local coverage from the local ABC news station:
This is irresponsible -- that storefront could have been protected for less than the cost of the doors that now have to be replaced. And now an "undisclosed number" of pistols are out on the street.
Like I said -- I am not a lawyer. But if those guns are used in a crime, and they are traced back to this incident, is the store owner's failure to take very simple and affordable steps to secure his storefront against such a common crime going to be something that results in a claim against the store?
People -- you never want to be the softest target on the block. Especially if you are going to call your business The Gun Vault. This was a foreseeable event and the failure to protect the storefront now puts the public and police officers at increased risks.