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NamPol warns firearm owners on negligence

by Rosalia David

The Namibian Police has warned the public to take safety precautions on firearms this festive season.

NamPol Deputy Commissioner, Edwin Kanguatjivi said firearm owners could face charges if they do not keep their weapons safe and locked up.

This comes after the NamPol’s report which states that the Khomas region has the highest number of cases for stolen firearms.

Between 2016 and 2017 Namibians opened 52 cases of stolen firearms while between 2015 and 2016, 71 cases were reported.

“Khomas has the highest numbers but it all depends on the size of the population that is why you would rarely find issues of stolen arms because the people who own one are less,” he says.

Kanguatjivi further cautioned firearm owners from leaving weapons unattended as house break-ins during the festive season remains a big concern.

“This time of the year, there are a lot of house break-ins and people should not leave any guns behind once they have gotten access them. This is  because when criminals get access to them they can use them as tools to commit other crimes,” he explains.

According to Kanguatjivi, there is also a law that indicates that negligent handling of a firearm is a case on its own.

 “In the Erongo region there were 8 cases recorded for the year 2015-2016 however the number increased in 2017 which amounted to 13,” he says.

He further told The Villager that, Oshana has been listed as the second region with the highest number of cases on firearm theft.

“Most people that come open cases of their lost firearms don’t really have an idea of the person who could have stolen it,” he noted.