Some of the firearms featured in ads that could be used by gun thieves. Photo: Supplied About 3000 guns are stolen nationwide a year, according to freedom of information data obtained by Gun Control . Photo: Supplied
Dozens of home addresses of gun owners have been easily obtained in a simple privacy blunder that a veteran police officer fears may be utilised by thieves.
The treasure trove of addresses has been discovered by simple online searches of publicly available information. .
It has prompted a warning from NSW Police’s Firearms Squad to “use common sense when providing personal details in conjunction with information about firearms”.
A gun owner and veteran police officer, who did not want to be identified, alerted researchers to his findings and a list of about 30 home addresses was passed on to law enforcement to show how much information gun owners were unwittingly revealing.
He found locations for a military assault rifle selling for $6000, a $5000 Northern Territory police revolver, a $3000 submachine gun and a Victorian home with three handguns.
Fairfax Media has tested detail for about 20 pistols, revolvers and long arms and was able to find names and addresses easily, creating a potential shopping list for gun thieves.
One Bankstown gun owner said he was “seriously concerned” that his address was so easy to find.
“I will be changing that straight away,” he said.
A Punchbowl man who owns a rifle and handgun said every owner he knew secured their guns properly and he was not worried.
“It’s very rare that we hear about someone being burgled,” he said.
The police officer who supplied the information counted about 800 handguns.