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Has organised crime corrupted Tasmania Police?

The latest home invasion ( ABC: Gunman terrorises Hobart family in foiled break-in ) by a shotgun-armed raider again raises the very serious question: Has organised crime corrupted Tasmania Police?

At the very least, has the firearms registry been compromised? (TT raised this question last month ( Guns and solar ).

There are now too many stories; too many armed raids; too much fear among law-abiding gun owners …

In this latest raid ABC’s Edith Bevin revealed that the home invasion of the Mt Rumney registered firearms owner came just days after police carried out a firearms inspection at the property.

“About 70 break-ins this year have involved the theft of guns and several of them followed firearms inspections.

Police are confident their firearms database has not been compromised and say they do not believe there is any link between their inspection and the Mt Rumney home invasion.

More than 200 firearms were stolen in the financial year just ended, about double the number recorded the year before.

Hotels have revised security after a series of armed hold-ups and some businesses are now keeping less cash on their premises.”

TT has been told of one recent East Coast raid of a firearms lock-up specifically carefully hidden in a house. “The raiders knew exactly where to go and what to take,” this informant said. “How could they know that precisely if the firearms registry has not been breached … or worse, that Tasmania Police itself has been compromised?”

Surely, at the very least there has to be some political action. Someone surely has to take responsibility?

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  1. Henri P

    February 27, 2014 at 11:01 am

    It is clearly the IT systems. I heard from my friend B that they don’t even have any approved Computer Security policies because its all too hard to implement. I also heard they don’t even have passwords that change, with some passwords having been the same for the last 15 years and that everyone in IT knows all the cops passwords…..Odd for a Police Force don’t you think ?

  2. Philip Lowe

    July 11, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Tasmania State Police or Police State Tasmania?

  3. Jim Bevis

    July 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Unsure why anyone would even bother to register guns these days. Isn’t it more eco-friendly to just print them for the day and melt them down afterwards? Apparently 3D printers can also create parts to update existing weapons to automatic functionality.

    We’ve got the Liberator 3D-printed gun design on the Tasmania Explore the Corruption facebook group page:

    See “Files” tab at the top of that page and therein, the Liberator.rar archive set of files.

  4. Mervyn Bennett

    July 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    #1, I agree, a trap could also be good fun if organised along the lines perhaps of a surprise party. Might even attract substantial film rights that could help fund a functional integrity commission?

  5. Eagle eye

    July 4, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Or is someone on the force playing for more than one team?,

    “Sir, we would like to inspect your firearms storeage facilities”

    “I am sorry, but given the ample evidence in the public arena, your presence on my property has to be considered an act of irresponsibility and will not be permitted by myself as a responsible owner”.

  6. Simon D

    July 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    #2 I seem to recall someone in Estimates admitting there would be no way to tell if the database had been breached. This is one of the reasons they are overhauling the system. Does certainly appear to be too late which raises serious questions about the liabilities if a cover-up has indeed occurred.

  7. john hayward

    July 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    It looks like Tassie’s institutionalised crime network is absorbing the traditionally illicit forms of corruption. And you wondered why on earth the TIC was created.

    John Hayward

  8. lee smith

    July 4, 2013 at 12:43 am

    This is the end result of allowing police to monitor, and worse investigate themselves. Corruption and policing have been constant companions since the Rum corps and it would be foolish to believe there are no rotten apples in the barrel even today. Police are ordinary folks and have the same spread of characteristics as the rest of the community. Temptation is constant with the proliferation of highly addictive drugs like speed and ice there are big bucks channeling through organized crime groups. Get rid of the drug problem by treating it as a health problem and the guns will become a minor issue again. Hardcore crims have brought guns to the party and smaller local crims are tooling up to meet the threat. They are also being used for hold ups to get money for drugs. Now if we know this, why are the cops not informing the public honestly?

  9. Sue DeNim

    July 3, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    If it’s a digital registry on a computer then they would probably have no idea whether it has been breached or not, such is the skill of hackers out there these days.

    I agree that this seems too coincidental and the culprit is probably laughing themselves silly.

    I wouldn’t mind betting the Tasmanian Police are out of their depth in this area of technology.

    They may have to concede that in this day and age of connectivity, some things are better off written on paper and locked in a safe.

  10. phill Parsons

    July 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    One event is a coincidence, multiple events are a pattern. This is basic to any investigative process.

    Cover ups, denials and internal investigations are well known avoidance tactics.

    To give the community the reassurance it requires an independent investigation.

    The Commissioner should also consider a trap.

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