Re­minder to keep firearms se­cure

Waihi Leader - - News -

Waikato Po­lice want to re­mind firearms own­ers to be vig­i­lant fol­low­ing re­ports of firearm thefts over the past cou­ple of weeks.

Richard Plas, Dis­trict Arms Of­fi­cer for Waikato, says po­lice are ex­tremely con­cerned about firearms get­ting into the hands of crim­i­nals and want to do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to pre­vent that hap­pen­ing.

“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 rec­om­mends goodqual­ity steel gun safes be­cause we know th­ese work and are a great way of pre­vent­ing thefts. Prac­tices such as 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 it is found a firearms li­cence holder has been neg­li­gent around the se­cu­rity of firearms then it is a pos­si­bil­ity their firearms li­cence could be af­fected. Po­lice would also like to re­mind peo­ple it is a le­gal re­quire­ment to ad­vise the near­est Firearms Of­fice of any change of ad­dress. This is so po­lice can ar­range a se­cu­rity check and en­sure the firearms are se­cured in an ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner. The eas­i­est way to or­gan­ise this is to email waikato.firearms@po­lice.govt.nz

■ Any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing bur­glary of firearms can be re­ported to the lo­cal po­lice. If you see a crime hap­pen­ing call 111 im­me­di­ately.

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