There has been a spike in stock theft in Queensland with 4000 head reported missing last year. Queensland Police estimate stock theft costs cattle producers between $1.5 million to $2m every year. Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad state co-ordinator Mick Dowie said the aim of the app was to make it easier and safer for people to report suspicious behaviour. “If you come across someone trespassing on your property or who you think is behaving suspiciously, without putting yourself at risk you can take a photo of them, particularly of the registration number,” he said. “You can send it using the app and then we’ve got that recorded straight away. “What we’re hoping to be able to do is remove some of the communication barriers for people who are in remote areas to the police and to the stock squad.” Research has found there is still an under reporting of crime in rural areas and trespassing is one of the biggest concerns people have in the industry. “So we’re trying to combat the two with one in this app,” Mr Dowie said. He said the Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad (SARCIS) app was located within the Policelink app, […]
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