301 firearms reported stolen to NamPol since 2018

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) reported 245 firearms stolen during the 2018/2019 financial year and 56 firearms during the first quarter of the current financial year.

In a media statement issued on Friday, Head of NamPol's public relations division, deputy commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi stated that most of these firearms were stolen during housebreaking and/or theft out of motor vehicles and this is a great concern as it is evident of the negligent ways in which firearm owners are handling their firearms which is in contradiction with the rules of firearms safekeeping, resulting in firearms being stolen easily.

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 the wall and/or floor and you may not leave your firearm in a vehicle upon disembarking from it, as the firearm might be stolen if the vehicle is broken into, Kanguatjivi said .

He added that those 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.

Security companies issued with firearms must keep proper records when issuing them to their employees and they must also ensure those firearms are returned once such contracts terminates, Kanguatjivi added.

Source: Namibia Press Agency