Arnhem flooded with weapons in hand-in action

Everything has been handed in, says operational specialist IJsbrand ter Haar, while he shows the tables and racks with weaponry at the police station on Beekstraat. “Firearms, imitation weapons, air guns, antique weapons and also real shotguns,” he lists, pointing to them one by one.

With a number of those weapons, Ter Haar is ‘glad that they are off the street’. He shows an imitation weapon. “Very suitable for threats. They are used in robberies and street robberies.”

‘Shotgun we were amazed’

“For example, here is a real shotgun“, continues Ter Haar. “We were also surprised by that.” There are also some special firearms among them, which ‘carry a history with them’, such as a revolver from the Second World War. look. We can’t just destroy them.”

He is also happy with the number of stabbing weapons that have been handed in. “That was what it was all about, because of our concerns about gun use among the youth. It is now considered very normal to carry a kitchen knife with you. They just wear it in the waistband. We see that more and more.”

According to him, the use of weapons in Arnhem has increased by 40 percent in the past two years.

It is very normal to carry a kitchen knife with you

Marcouch has a lot in any case youth involvement experienced throughout the campaign. “I have seen that it has affected them. I think that is an important result. The submission campaign ends today, but the awareness continues.”

Annual follow-up?

If it is up to the mayor, there will be a follow-up to the hand-in action. “You can’t just do it, you need permission from the Public Prosecution Service. Now that this action, with this result, is a success, I hope that we will repeat it. That takes capacity, so it should also be possible. such an action seems to do me good.”

Ter Haar does not know exactly what the target group looks like that has proceeded to hand in weapons this week. “We did not keep track of that. We went for the accessibility and therefore placed the bin at the entrance. There is no supervision. We also do not want to create the illusion that we keep a close eye on that. decide not to surrender a weapon after all.”

Crime Investigation

The firearms were collected from their home by plainclothes police. It is checked whether no crime has been committed. The forensic investigation will be contacted next week, explains ter Haar. “Then we determine together which weapons we will investigate further. But my first estimate is that very few firearms qualify for this, because with many weapons there is little reason to assume that someone has walked on the street and fired with them.”

Arnhem residents can go to the police station on the Beekstraat until 10 p.m. Friday to hand in their weapons.
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