Police issue reminder on gun safety
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Any information about burglary of firearms can be reported to local Police. If you see a crime happening call 111 immediately.