Weapons theft on the rise
WITH firearm theft becoming an increasing problem in Queensland, local police are urging landholders to ensure their weapons are secure.
Gatton Station officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Rowland Brown said weapon theft was an increasing problem in the Darling Downs district, especially on rural properties.
While weapon theft isn't a specific problem in Gatton, Snr Sgt Browne urged firearm owners to stay vigilant to prevent becoming victims of crime.
"We'd rather people didn't become victims of crime firstly," he said.
"We don't want more guns out on the streets and have no idea who's got them, where they, are or what purposes they're being used for."
Snr Sgt Browne said the spike in gun theft could be due to the difficulty in obtaining weapons.
"Obtaining firearms is getting harder, so one way to get hold of them is to steal them," he said.
Anyone who owns firearms is required to take all reasonable precautions to ensure its safe storage, it's not stolen or lost and it doesn't come into the possession of a person who is not authorised to posses a firearm.
Snr Sgt Browne said gun owners should have a safe and ensure it's securely fitted to the floor.
He strongly urged gun owners to ensure power tools weren't near by, creating an easier theft.
"We also urge people not to advertise weapons on Gumtree, or anywhere else where the seller can be readily identified by other means," Snr Sgt Browne.
"A quick search of their (Gumtree) name can bring up their address and make them a target for criminals."