1. Plan your Route
Many officers can probably remember a time when they were carrying their firearm, but are found in a location or situation where they are prohibited from carrying a gun or can’t safely secure it.
What do they do? Probably put it under the front seat, the middle console, or in the glove box. A colleague of mine once forgot that he put his gun in the glove box and left the car out all night in front of his house. The car was broken into and the weapon was stolen. It only takes one time for something like this to happen to endanger all of us.
The lesson of this story is to plan your day ahead of time. If you know you are going to be going somewhere where you can’t carry your gun, make sure you give yourself enough time to make a pit stop at home or at your department. Plan your route around your schedule and never put yourself in a situation where the safety of your gun is compromised.
If you frequently find yourself in situations where you have to leave your gun unattended, consider purchasing an under-seat gun safe.
If it’s just not feasible for you to stop at home, then consider purchasing an under-seat car safe. My top choice for gun safes would be the GunBox, which features biometric and RFID access and a separately sold car adapter. The advantage of the GunBox is that fingerprint entry allows you to quickly gain access to your gun in emergency situations, but makes it impossible for anyone else.
If someone decides to steal the entire safe outright, they are still going to have an extremely difficult time getting access to your firearm. The GunBox retails at a hefty $320, so if you are on a budget consider these other options:
The SentrySafe Biometric Quick Access Pistol Safe ($200): also a biometric safe, but not as slim a profile
as the GunBox. At $200 and with high user ratings you are getting a lot of value with the SentrySafe
GunVault MV500-STD Microvault Pistol Safe ($100): if you are on a tighter budget and biometric access isn’t a must have, then the GunVault is a viable option. With over 12 million possible lock combinations, it is going to do the job and is still small enough to fit under your seat
The Club LB200 Personal Vault Security Lock Box ($35.99): this is the absolute minimum you should be
using for gun security in your car. It is lock and key, so you are not going to be able to quickly access your gun, but it will do the job and at a very reasonable price point.