Police advise gun owners to consider upgrading their security after firearms were taken in a burglary in the Coromandel.
Eight guns were stolen from a rural Opoutere home last month even though they were locked in a wooden gun cabinet.
Waikato arms officer Richard Plas says there has been an increase in the number of thefts from wooden gun cabinets and owners are asked to consider upgrading.
Mr Plas says better security measures, such as steel gun safes, are becoming more affordable.
He says cabinets need to be able to withstand blows by common hand-tools such as hammers for up to 10 minutes.