Firearms theft see­ing a surge

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By STACEY OLIVER

Ten firearms stolen from a Mata­mata prop­erty over Easter week­end were the lat­est in a string a thefts that have seen more than 75 guns stolen around the Waikato.

De­tec­tive Sergeant An­drew Mor­ti­more of the Waikato Tac­ti­cal Crime Unit said there had been about 17 firearm- re­lated bur­glar­ies in the re­gion this year.

Il­le­gally ob­tained firearms had be­come sought af­ter com­modi­ties, Mor­ti­more said.

The most re­cent bur­glary fol­lows two sim­i­lar in­ci­dents a week be­fore, when two homes in Aria were tar­geted, po­lice said.

‘‘ Other ar­eas af­fected in­clude prop­er­ties in Raglan, Te Kauwhata, Ki­hik­ihi, Glenn Massey, Waitoa, Kai­here, Wai­hou, Wa­haroa, Mata­mata, Thames and Te Puninga and three bur­glar­ies in Hamil­ton.

‘‘So far the great­est num­ber taken from one ad­dress was the 10 from Mata­mata.’’

Mor­ti­more said all too of­ten po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing drug and dis­hon­esty-re­lated of­fences were re­cov­er­ing firearms.

‘‘It’s not very of­ten now that we search an ad­dress linked to il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity that we don’t re­cover firearms in of­fend­ers’ pos­ses­sion.’’

Mor­ti­more said while the main fo­cu­sis to find the of­fend­ers re­spon­si­ble, of­fi­cers would work closely with the Dis­trict Firearms Of­fi­cer to en­sure firearms own­ers have been se­cur­ing their weapons ac­cord­ing to their li­cense re­quire­ments.

‘‘Good se­cu­rity and dis­cre­tion are two key in­gre­di­ents in keep­ing your­self, your fam­ily and your com­mu­nity safe in terms of firearms safety.’’

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