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Reports of stolen licensed firearms down

Published:Saturday | June 11, 2016 | 6:00 AM

Following the sensitisation of residents through various initiatives, the Manchester police have recorded a significant decrease in the number of firearms stolen from licensed holders.

Deputy Superintendent of Police for the parish, Hemford Wade, told The Gleaner that since January, only one report has been made of a stolen licensed firearm. During the same period last year, four stolen licensed firearms were recorded. Wade believes that persons are taking heed to safety measures given by the police.

"These firearms are normally stolen during break-ins that happen when occupants are off the island for an extended period. We have always provided persons with the option of leaving their weapons at the station."

The deputy superintendent explained that only through greater sensitisation will individuals be able to prevent thefts.

"We have to sensitise them about the safety of their weapons. They cannot leave their weapons at home if they are leaving for an extended period. They can leave them at the station or at the Firearm Licensing Authority. Once you are leaving the island, you must properly secure your weapon."

The police recorded nine illegal firearm seizures as they intensify efforts to rid the streets of these weapons.