Rural homes continue to be targeted by burglars
‘‘We all know what happens when firearms are placed in the hands of the wrong people and we, as firearms licence holders, all have a responsibility to ensure that we take every opportunity and care to prevent this from happening. ’’
We continue to see a number of burglaries reported from our rural areas.
This is mostly sheds and garages being targeted for power tools and lawnmowers.
A lot of the sheds have been insecure allowing easy access to the goods.
Please keep an eye out for those vehicles that just don’t quite fit in your area. My recommendation is to trust your gut instinct and if there is enough cause to look twice, then call 111 immediately.
While you may not have seen a crime being committed, it is possible that by calling 111 you are helping us prevent a burglary.
Speaking of safety, I know that I have written about this issue in many past columns but we have recently seen firearms stolen in thefts and burglaries.
The main cause of this is firearms owners not securing and storing their firearms or ammunition correctly or in accordance with the law. Remember that your firearms and ammunition must be stored securely.
When they are not in use, lock away the bolt, firearm and ammunition separately. Never leave your firearms in a vehicle that is unattended.
We all know what happens when firearms are placed in the hands of the wrong people and we, as firearms licence holders, all have a responsibility to ensure that we take every opportunity and care to prevent this from happening.
Please ensure you follow good practice and the rules of the law when storing your firearms.
If you are unsure of the rules then contact your local Police Arms office and ask or pop into a police station and grab a fresh copy of the Arms Code. There can be no room for complacency here.
That one time we relax our standards could be the time that we are caught out so if we remain vigilant and secure our firearms properly every time we finish using them we know they are safe.
Remember, not securing your firearms can not only result in them being stolen or used incorrectly but it may result in your licence being revoked.