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National Crime Agency shotgun security campaign

Alert message sent 23/11/2020 11:00:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Dear resident,

Today (Monday 23 November), the National Crime Agency (NCA) has launched a security campaign aimed at licensed shotgun holders in the UK.

The NCA has said that shotgun thefts are back to the levels they were at before the first lockdown and as we look to come out of the current lockdown, they are encouraging people to take additional measures to ensure that weapons are stored safely and securely.

If you’re a licensed shotgun holder, please make sure to secure your home against theft.

Shotgun holders should review current security arrangements for the safe storage and movement of firearms, including:

- Ensure weapons are locked away at all times when not being used.
- Keys to the gun safe are secured away from safe itself and the location of these kept discreet.
- Ensuring windows and doors are locked when out or in the garden.
- Ensure alarm systems are maintained and serviced and provide appropriate coverage.
- Be aware of any suspicious activity such as people watching your property, or following you back from places where the shotgun may have been used/seen.
- Be aware of open talk about firearms ownership in public places which could lead to you being targeted by criminals.
- Be discreet about who you tell that you own firearms.
- Vehicles in which weapons are being carried should not be left unattended.
- Weapons carried should be secured to the vehicle chassis to prevent opportunist theft.

If you see anything suspicious please contact your local police force on 101. In an emergency please call 999.

Message sent by
Marisa Charles (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

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