Two firearm thefts in the Te Anau Basin over the weekend have prompted police to remind people to keep their firearms correctly secured.
Sergeant Tod Hollebon said a vehicle was broken into on Melland Place in Te Anau, with a shotgun and rifle stolen from the vehicle. On Tuesday, the police also received a report that five firearms were stolen on Dale Road outside the township over the weekend as well.
Mr Hollebon said this had raised serious concern that firearms were being targeted in burglaries and thefts.
"Police want to put a strong message out to all firearms owners that they must be secure and firearms safe."
He said keys should be well hidden, and firearms should not be stored in vehicles — this was a breach of firearms regulations.
Owners were also encouraged to check their firearms security and safes to see if they had not been tampered with recently, he said.