Thieves appear to be targeting farm buildings across the country for high-value shotguns, according to police.

“The numbers of shotguns stolen from rural, isolated farms have seen a marked increase,” West Sussex police’s detective constable Christopher Howbery-Gale told ST. He added: “I appreciate security can be hard on farms, but I urge shooters to make sure that cabinet keys are not left in an obvious place.”

This call for vigilance comes as several shotguns were stolen during a burglary in the Steyning area of Sussex on 4 February. Two Lancaster shotguns worth £7,000 each were stolen, as well as a Radcliffe shotgun worth £1,500 and an AYA shotgun worth £500.

Other police forces have also experienced an increase of firearm thefts from farms. A spokesman for Lincolnshire police said that shotgun theft is an on-going problem in the county: “In fact, we are investigating the theft of two £5,000 shotguns which were stolen from a farm on 11 February. Thieves broke in through a window and removed a shotgun cabinet from a wall and forced it open. Farms tend to be an obvious target as there is a high chance the occupants will be certificate holders.”

The rest of this article appears in 26 February issue of Shooting Times.

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  • Mike Hemingway

    I am afraid I look forward to the day when one of our legislators or basically, any do gooder will suffice, finds that he or she has been the subject of a burglary, and the house of said victim has been reduced to the condition of a tip, by the perpertrators. Perhaps then, we will get action to ensure that punishment for a dwelling house burglary involves a realistic and severe penalty and not “understanding” and “meaningful murmurs” from those in the defence team, and those frequently misguided and sad people, who seem to beleive that when a burglary happens to someone who has no real influence in the system, the offence is of little consequence.
    Perhaps our legislator might benefit from experiencing a little burglary related violence at the same time, just so he can find out that this sort of thing warrants more than “Community work” that never gets done, or being told by the judge how dissapointed he is that the numerous chances already given were not taken advantage of.But I wait in vain, I think.