Storage arrangements for firearms at time of theft, 2005-06

Published Date
Crime facts info

A total of 1,445 firearms were reported stolen in Australia between 1 July 2005
and 30 June 2006 in 634 incidents (Bricknell & Mouzos 2007). This was a
decrease of 25 firearms and 31 incidents from the previous year. Of these
incidents, just over one-half of the firearms had been stored in a firearm safe
or other secure receptacle at the time of the theft (55%). In a further nine
percent of incidents, the firearms were left in a vehicle and in seven percent
they had been kept in a (usually) unlocked cupboard or wardrobe. Owners did not
know where they had left their firearm in seven percent of incidents, and
firearms were described as unsecured (i.e. no storage attempt had been made) in
12 percent of theft incidents. A sizeable proportion of incidents in which
firearms were stored in vehicles could be classified as unsecured as well. Four
in 10 such thefts were from an unlocked vehicle, and most had not been stored
in a vehicle-based receptacle. In incidents involving multiple firearms, 83
percent of owners had complied with firearm storage requirements as compared to
53 percent of incidents that involved only a single firearm. Where the method of
access was known for those firearms stored in a secure receptacle, access was
obtained using tools in 26 percent of incidents, force in 37 percent and in 18
percent the key was located.

Location of firearms reported stolen in Australia, 2005-06 (percentage)

Note: Excludes six incidents where the type of storage for the firearm was recorded as not applicable

Source: AIC National Firearms Theft Monitoring Program 2005-06 [computer file]; n=634