ACT Policing support stock theft operation

ACT Policing has today (Thursday, 17 December 2020) put any would-be stock thieves on notice announcing a renewed focus on rural crime including stock theft.

ACT Policing will join NSW Police and law enforcement agencies from around the country in supporting Operation Stock Check, a proactive initiative to prevent livestock theft by disrupting the movement of stolen stock.

Officer in Charge of Rural Patrol Detective Acting Inspector Simon Coady said police will be looking to disrupt thieves by making it harder for them to move stolen animals.

“Police will be confirming the origin of any stock being moved via vehicle throughout the ACT,” Detective Acting Inspector Coady said.

“While many view the ACT as a smaller urbanised region, we still need to keep our guard up and police will be engaging with farmers to ensure they are doing everything they can to keep their stock safe.

“Stock theft is not only stressful for the animals, it can also be financially devastating for farmers and families who rely on their stock for their livelihood.”

If you have stock on your property make sure they are well identified and keep good records.  Ensure loading ramps and gates are securely locked and report any suspicious activity to police.

If you have any information regarding stock theft, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.  Information can be provided anonymously.

Media enquiries

Police Media — (02) 5126 9070, act-police-media@afp.gov.au