The theft of firearms is of concern for police as there seems to be almost weekly burglaries across the state where firearms are targeted. Fortunately, we have not had any occur in our area recently, but this is not to say we should be relaxed about the security of firearms. There have been many instances where firearms have not been stored in approved cabinets or the cabinets have not been locked.
Over the coming months, it is planned that Dumbleyung Police will endeavour to inspect the majority of firearm cabinets of firearm licensees to make sure they comply with the schedule for construction and fixing to walls/floors. Firearm owners will be mailed a letter in advance and we will organise a convenient time for a quick inspection to take place. We are not looking to punish those who may not comply with the schedule, instead we want to educate and have problems fixed so that the risk of your firearms falling into the wrong hands and possibly causing harm to someone is minimised.
With harvest beginning, there will be an increase in farm machinery moving about on the roads. I urge all of us to be patient when coming up to these sometimes huge machines in our travels and to pass when you are only absolutely sure it is safe. Likewise, operators of the machinery should be considerate of cars and trucks when moving machinery and make sure you have the appropriate signage and escorts. Let’s make this harvest a safe and successful one for all.
Finally, I would like to congratulate Dumbleyung Police officer, Senior Constable Darryl Gaull, on being presented with his 35-year service clasp for his WA Police Service Medal, having joined the WA Police Force in 1982. 35 years is a long time in any job, let alone one with the challenges that being a police officer present.
Article by Sergeant Alby Van Den Berg