New officer on the rural beat
RICHMOND Local Area Command's new rural crime investigator, Detective Senior Constable Mark Banfield, is urging stock owners to electronically tag their livestock to prevent thefts.
Det Sen Const Banfield is charged with the duty of catching cattle rustlers and helping farmers secure thier livestock, machinery and property.
He was tasked to the local area after a spike in rural thefts. He said he'll be having a look at cattle theft cases and rural thefts recorded in the past 18 months in an attempt to solve the crimes.
Australian Institute of Criminology figures show the theft of livestock is the most reported rural crime, followed by the theft of machinery or equipment and illegal hunting or fishing.
Recording serial numbers on farm equipment and household goods could also help the police locate stolen items.
Anyone with information about rural crime should contact the detective at Casino Police Station.