Spate of firearm thefts prompts warning from police

Waikato police are reminding firearm owners to be vigilant following reports of firearm thefts over the past couple of weeks, and say rural addresses are at greater risk.

Richard Plas, District Arms Officer, Waikato said they we are extremely concerned about the 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," he said.

He recommends good quality steel gun safes as a great way of preventing thefts.

"Practices such as keeping your ammunition, rifle bolt, and magazines stored separately are also important," said Mr Plas.

Police are especially keen to get the message through to rural communities.

"People living at rural addresses can face greater risk of theft, so we suggest taking extra care," he said.

Police say any information regarding burglary of firearms should be reported to local police or by calling 111 in the event of a crime.