Police impersonator targets gun owner


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A man dressed in what appeared to be a police uniform hasreportedly tricked a gun owner into opening her gun safe in Landsdowne, NSW onSaturday.

A report in the Newcastle Herald says the man approached a 41-year-oldwoman at her home at around 4pm and questioned her about firearms on herproperty after identifying himself as a police officer.

He is described as around 20 years old, Caucasian, around175cm tall, thin build with short sandy-blond hair and blue eyes. He waswearing a short-sleeved blue police shirt with dark blue dress pants, blackboots and a blue cap.

The woman reportedly led him to her garage for an inspectionof the firearms before he left in a Toyota Camry that did not have policemarkings.

Shooters and Fishers Party MLC Robert Borsak directlyattributed the incident to what he described as inept management of gun ownerdetails on the NSW Firearms Registry.

“It’s not professionally run, the police have created asituation where our details are now in criminal hands – it’s just ajoke,” he said in relation to the revelation that gun owner details were taken out of safe encryption storage and placed on an unsecure police intranet.

“What the police managed to do was put all our details on aninsecure database and there was a spike in gun theft shortly after that.”

“We think this inicident is a logical outflow from the data that hascome from the unsecure database and is now out there.”

 

Meanwhile, police are advising people approached by thoseappearing as police officers to check for a police badge kept in a blackleather wallet and to immediately report anyone suspected of impersonating a policeofficer.


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