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Police appeal for information after firearms stolen - Ivanhoe

Thursday, 25 November 2021 04:42:42 PM

Police are appealing for public assistance after firearms were stolen from a property in the state’s far west this week.

Yesterday (Wednesday 24 November 2021), officers from Barrier Police District commenced an investigation after being notified that two firearms were stolen from a property on the Cobb Highway, approximately 65km north of Ivanhoe.

Inquiries suggest an unknown person entered the property between 3pm on Tuesday 23 November 2021 and 7am on Wednesday 24 November 2021.

Police were told that a fuel bowser onsite was damaged and an unknown amount of fuel was removed.

A crime scene was established and an investigation into the incident is underway.

Police encourage firearm owners to regularly check their firearms and ensure compliance with the Firearm Legislation:

• Ensure firearms are kept in safe storage facilities when not in use
• Lock ammunition in a container kept separate to the firearms
• Ensure safe keeping facilities are locked at all times
• Ensure no unauthorised person knows where the keys to the safe storage facilities are kept, or the safe combination details
• Check your firearms regularly

Securing properties and equipment is also encouraged to reduce the risk of falling victim to theft:

• Prominently display the property’s RMB Number
• Conduct regular checks of the property’s boundary fences and gates
• Display ‘No Trespassing’ warning signs on perimeter fence lines and gates
• Install security lighting around the homestead and sheds
• Consider installing an intruder alarm system or surveillance camera
• Where possible, keep valuable items and machinery engraved and secure
• Check machinery and tools regularly
• Remove keys from vehicles and machinery

Victims of rural crime are urged to promptly report the incident to their local Rural Crime Investigator, local police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, to ensure a whole-of-community approach to reduce and solve crime in regional areas.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.