Wednesday, July 11 9:45 am – 11:00 am
Burglaries and robberies of Federal Firearm Licensees (FFLs) have been increasing at an alarming rate. The firearms stolen in these crimes all too often end up being used to commit violent crimes, usually in the same community where they were stolen. But FFLs can protect themselves, their businesses, and their communities by following some basic security measures and best business practices.
This presentation will include the latest statistics from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on FFL burglaries and robberies. It will highlight relevant laws and reporting requirements FFLs must follow. It will include a detailed discussion of security measures and business practices that FFLs can implement, many for little or no cost. And it will cover the important steps you should take if you are the victim of a burglary or robbery. The presentation will conclude with case studies of actual FFL burglaries or robberies and the investigations that followed.
Thomas Chittum is the Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Washington Field Division and a member of the Senior Executive Service. He oversees all of ATF’s law enforcement and regulatory operations in the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Virginia, and eastern panhandle of West Virginia.
Tom’s previous supervisory assignments include Chief, Special Operations Division; Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Seattle Field Division; Special Agent in Charge, Internal Affairs Division; Chief of Staff, Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations (OPRSO); Chief, Frontline Branch; and Resident Agent in Charge, Las Vegas Field Office. He also worked as a Special Agent in the Louisville and Miami Field Divisions. He previously worked as a Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division.
Tom is a native of West Virginia. He has a BA in Criminal Justice from Marshall University in Huntington, WV; an MS in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University, in Richmond, KY; and a JD from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He is an attorney, licensed in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. He lives with his wife and three children in Virginia.
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