Ru­ral homes con­tinue to be tar­geted by bur­glars

Franklin County News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - SERGEANT STEPHEN RICHARDS

‘‘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.

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