Kojonup Police will be carrying out firearms and firearms storage inspections over the next 12 months to ensure owners are following the law and don’t make it easy for thieves to steal lethal weapons.
Kojonup Police Sergeant Jayden Lowe said they are going back to basics to make sure everyone is aware of their obligations in regard to the proper security of firearms.
“This is more about education and getting out into the community and meeting all the farmers we don’t usually get a chance to go and see,” he said.
“Especially with farmers, some of them are a bit blase because they’re in remote areas [and] they leave them next to doors or in utes.
“So, it’s all about awareness and making sure everyone is doing the right thing and making it harder for people that want to steal these things.”
Sergeant Lowe said a large percentage of the Kojonup community have firearms for work-related purposes as farmers.
Under the WA Firearms Regulations Act 1974, it is a legal requirement to store ammunition and firearms in separate locked cabinets.
For questions about firearms and storage, community members can call Kojonup Police on 9831 2555, or for firearms forms, head to https://www.police.wa.gov.au/Police-Direct/Licensing/Firearms