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Licensed Firearm Security

Alert message sent 13/11/2020 08:59:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


In the last two weeks, we have received three reports of thefts of shotguns.  In two of these, guns had not been properly secured and, along with ammunition.

While shotguns and firearms are every day equipment for some of our certificate holders, it is really important that the highest level of security is maintained, and guns should not be left unattended out of their cabinets for any period of time. 

We all have a duty of care to ensure that it is made as difficult as possible for guns to fall into the wrong hands.

Certificate holders will be aware that they have a lawful duty to maintain security of their guns at all times, and they should know that, in addition to being dealt with for any criminal offences arising from a breach of security, certificates will invariably be revoked.

Please work with us to prevent these thefts and serious harm by reporting anything you think we should know, either through online reporting via our website www.hampshire.police.uk, by calling 101, or ringing Crimestoppers (0800 555 111) anonymously. In an emergency, if something is happening there and then, ALWAYS dial 999.

We are also seeing a series of thefts of quad bikes, farming equipment, power tools etc from rural outbuildings. Please make these items and buildings as secure as possible and if you see anything suspicious happening, report it immediately.

Thank you.
Message sent by
Nicola Holt (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

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