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Australia. 2016 ‘Contemporary Diversion Methods - Theft.’ Illicit Firearms in Australia, p. 10. Canberra: Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. 21 October
Contemporary Diversion Methods - Theft
The ACIC's FTP has found that theft is the primary contemporary diversion method.
Theft accounts for the diversion of 8.5 per cent of firearms traced in 2015–16. While it is likely some of these stolen firearms come into the possession of organised crime groups, the total number is unknown.
Many jurisdictions reported an increase in the percentage of firearms stolen from premises in regional or isolated locations. Offenders target vulnerable homes in these locations because theft from such properties may yield multiple firearms.
[FTP = National Firearm Trace Program]