CARELESS storage and handling of guns by owners led to the theft of 300 firearms during the past financial and current financial year and the reprehensible situation is a cause for concern to the Namibian Police
The Head of the Namibian Police’s Public Relations division, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, said in a statement that 246 firearms were stolen in the 2018/2019 financial year and 56 more was stolen since the start of the current financial year.
“Most of these firearms were stolen during incidents of housebreaking or out of motor vehicles, which is a great concern as it is evident of the negligent ways in which firearm owners handle them and is in contradiction with the rules of firearms safe-keeping.
The firearm safe-keeping guidelines are very clear that if you have a firearm at your house, it must be stored in a locked safe mounted to a wall or to a floor floor and you may not leave your firearm in a vehicle upon disembarking from it, because the firearm might be stolen.”
He added that people who are issued with firearms due to the nature of their work must ensure that the firearms are returned to the rightful owners once such duties are terminated.
Deputy Commissioner Kanguatjivi also urged security companies to keep proper records when issuing firearms to their employees and said such businesses must ensure those firearms are returned once such contracts with employees are terminated.