Po­lice is­sue re­minder on gun safety

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

Waikato Po­lice re­mind firearms own­ers to be vig­i­lant fol­low­ing re­ports of firearm thefts.

Waikato dis­trict arms of­fi­cer Richard Plas says po­lice are con­cerned about firearms get­ting into crim­i­nals’ hands.

“These bur­glar­ies are an im­por­tant re­minder that all firearms own­ers should reg­u­larly check the se­cu­rity of their prop­er­ties and en­sure firearms are se­curely stored at all times. This means not be­ing kept in ve­hi­cles.

“Po­lice rec­om­mend good qual­ity steel gun safes be­cause we know these work and are a great way of pre­vent­ing thefts. Keep­ing your am­mu­ni­tion, ri­fle bolt, and mag­a­zines stored separately are also im­por­tant.

“Peo­ple liv­ing at ru­ral ad­dresses can face greater risk of theft, so we sug­gest tak­ing ex­tra care.” It is a le­gal re­quire­ment to se­cure firearms against theft.

If a Firearms Li­cence holder has been neg­li­gent their Firearms Li­cence could be af­fected.

Po­lice re­mind peo­ple it is a le­gal re­quire­ment to ad­vise the near­est Firearms Of­fice of any change of ad­dress.

“This is so we can ar­range a se­cu­rity check and en­sure the firearms are se­cured in an ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner.”

■ The eas­i­est way to or­gan­ise this is by email­ing waikato.firearms@po­lice.govt.nz. Any in­for­ma­tion about bur­glary of firearms can be re­ported to lo­cal Po­lice. If you see a crime hap­pen­ing call 111 im­me­di­ately.

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