Lock up firearms amid burglary spree

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Firearms recently recovered by police.
Camera IconFirearms recently recovered by police. Credit: Tim Edmunds

Great Southern police remain concerned about the number of firearms falling into the wrong hands after a recent spate of burglaries at rural properties.

Five high-powered rifles were recently recovered in a pursuit after being stolen last month, prompting a warning from police.

Albany Det-Sgt Vaughan Mackay said some offenders were going to “extreme lengths” to get their hands on the weapons and it was crucial they were properly secured with firearm cabinet keys hidden.

“Unfortunately, the Great Southern has been a target of a number of burglaries where firearms have been stolen as a result of those burglary offences,” he said.

“So we are reminding firearm owners and members of the public to ensure the security of the firearms and their firearms cabinets.”

Det-Sgt Mackay encouraged farm owners who see suspicious vehicles around their properties to contact police to prevent the opportunistic thefts.

“It’s not to say farms are specifically being targeted but properties are subject to burglary offences where opportunities can arise where offenders will target firearms if they are sighted,” Det-Sgt Mackay said.

“Obviously, we have firearm thefts and we are successful in recovering some firearms but our concern is still the number of firearms out there illegally.”

Police are investigating a burglary in Darkan which happened between June 15 and 17. Ten firearms were stolen.

Anyone with information on stolen firearms is asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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