By Jessica Howard
Local police are urging gun owners to be vigilant in keeping track of and storing their weapons.
Ballan Officer in Charge, Sergeant Michael Kearnes said firearm theft continued to be of concern throughout the region – prompting police to run a preventative operation throughout the month of April.
Operation Safe Gun will see local police out in force to inspect the storage of firearms at residential and commercial premises.
“Owners are encouraged to ensure their firearms are stored correctly and their records are up to date,” Sergeant Kearnes said.
“The operation will be running from now and throughout April. The purpose of the operation is to highlight the need to comply with legislation and ensure firearm owners are complying with the act and are safely and securely storing their firearms”.
Mr Kearnes referred to a firearm theft that occurred in December last year, where a firearm stolen in the Ballan area was recovered from an alleged drug trafficker.
“The theft occurred in circumstances which were totally preventable,” he said.
“Our approach is not punitive as much as it will be to offer advice and guidance for firearms owners to better secure their guns and prevent counts of theft”.