News

Stolen firearms at centre of police operation DRIFT

In the 12 months to June this year, 311 firearms were stolen, 45 of which were recovered.
In the 12 months to June this year, 311 firearms were stolen, 45 of which were recovered. Daniel Harkin

THERE are currently more than 250 stolen firearms unaccounted for on the region's streets.

They are the target of Project Drift, District Reviews into Firearm Thefts, a police awareness campaign dedicated to recovering firearms stolen from homes and businesses in the southern policing region.

In the 12 months to June this year, 311 firearms were stolen, 45 of which were recovered.

Ipswich District Inspector Keith McDonald said the police campaign encouraged the community to contact Crime Stoppers with information on stolen firearms.

He said rewards of up to $1000 were on the table in exchange for information which led to a conviction.

"There have been a high number of weapons stolen and only a small number recovered, that's obviously the big issue, that somebody out there knows something," Insp McDonald said.

"Every gun we take off the street is certainly one less weapon that can be used to commit violent offences.

"We're hoping people come forward with little pieces of information we can tie the jigsaw together with."

Insp McDonald said there were no links to firearm thefts for the purpose of reselling.

"It's evidence low, they are probably the choice at the moment but there are a number of avenues of enquiry currently ongoing," he said.

He said the above average rate of firearm thefts led to an increase in police checking licence holders were complying with the legislation but no significant breaches had been found.

"Most firearm licence holders are very, very responsible, there have been only minor breaches certainty nothing on a large scale case," Insp McDonald said.

"99.9% always comply with the legislation but that doesn't stop people breaking into homes to obtain firearms.

"Gun owners in Australia are responsible people, if they commit a significant breach they place their whole ability to hold a licence at risk.

"Some offenders are fortuitous but some clearly have been hitting country properties that they know are going to have a weapon stored inside and they strike at an opportunistic time when the home owner isn't home."

Ipswich Police District District Officer Superintendent Charysse Pond said the campaign was about getting illegal firearms off the streets and making the community safer.

"We are encouraging people to report illegal firearms by calling Crime Stoppers,' Supt Pond said.

"There are people in the community who would have knowledge about illegal firearms.

"If you don't want to talk to the police you can remain anonymous and report through Crime Stoppers."

Topics:  firearm thefts, ipswich, ipswich crime


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Travellers take advantage of 'free camping' spot

A van parked at Noosa Junction bowls club.

Empty bowls club has become free camping spot out of council control

Waving the way to better mental health

STRONG: Noosa OneWave group would love to see more people join their supportive community.

ONE wave, one conversation, one hug is all it takes - to save a life

Local Partners

Looking out for our beach hatchlings

Noosa turtle carers speak to greens group

Capturing our Noosa from high

NEW LOOK: Local photographer Dave Gleeson's work can be seen on a Melbourne tram.

Dave Gleeson's freelance photography has taken off

Big plans for our region

TEAM MEETING: MP Andrew Wallace, MP Llew O'Brien, Senator Fiona Nash, Mayor Tony Wellington and MP Ted O'Brien.

The Coast's top ten projects were being showcased to the Minister

Waving the way to better mental health

STRONG: Noosa OneWave group would love to see more people join their supportive community.

ONE wave, one conversation, one hug is all it takes - to save a life

Travellers take advantage of 'free camping' spot

A van parked at Noosa Junction bowls club.

Empty bowls club has become free camping spot out of council control

Step into the World of Lace in Pomona

CAREFULLY MADE: The World of Lace at a previous show.

Come on down to the Brisbane Craft Show and support a local business

Love comes back on course for Katy and Bertie

Katy Dixon and her long lost Berty the once lovesick swan with his family at home on the Noosa Springs lake.

Noosa swan find true love on course

10 unexpected school holiday events to get in to

FAMILY FAVOURITE: A scene from the animated movie Zootopia, which will screen as part of Movie Night Under The Stars.

Don't let the holiday's end without getting along to one of these

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

'Baby' recreates famous Nirvana cover shot 25 years later

The baby from Nevermind album has recreated the iconic cover shot.

PREVIEW: Luke Cage origin story is a strong addition to MCU

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage.

MIKE Colter stars as latest Marvel superhero to get his own series.

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Rocky proves prime real estate in latest REIQ report

Kas Woch sold this Wood St home in Depot Hill for $107,000 in August.

A new investor's market as Rocky house prices hit lowest in state