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Gun Theft Declining: Study

Age (Melbourne)

11 May 2006

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Firearms theft has declined markedly from as many as 4,000 a year in the 1990s to 664 in the first half of 2004, a new study reveals.

The study by the Australian Institute of Criminology researchers Jenny Mouzos and Yuka Sakurai found 664 firearms were stolen in 318 separate incidents studied, almost three-quarters involving burglaries of private homes.

Rifles accounted for 58 per cent of all guns stolen, shotguns 24 per cent, handguns nine per cent and air rifles eight per cent.

Thirty per cent of firearms stolen were regarded as insecurely stored.

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