May 13, 2024 | Local News

Crime Stoppers launches rural crime campaign

Vivienne Wynter

Crime Stoppers Queensland have launched a campaign urging rural Queenslanders to help fight rural and farm-related crime.

Farm crime may include theft of livestock, tools, machinery, cars, homes or fuel, illegal hunting, fishing and dumping.

Backed by AgForce Queensland and the Queensland Police Service, the campaign focus is on the general public reporting all forms of rural crime.

Detective Inspector David Briese from the Queensland Police Service Rural and Stock Crime Squad said anecdotal evidence suggested rural crime was underreported.

‘The issue with unreported crime is that we cannot fully appreciate or respond to it,’ Inspector Briese said.

‘It’s also an issue when the crime is reported late as we cannot then use our resources in a timely way, providing the criminals responsible with opportunity to cover their tracks and avoid detection.

‘We need the rural community to work with us and report what has happened as soon as they become aware of it.

‘Your information could be what helps identify the people involved in rural crime activity and prevent further offences from occurring.’

Crime Stoppers Queensland CEO David Hansen reminded those in rural communities not to rely on others to report crime.

Crime Stoppers CEO David Hansen

‘If you don’t report these crimes, who will?

‘If you see something, say something.’

Crime Stoppers Queensland says rural crime costs the Australian economy millions of dollars each year.

Many farmers who experienced rural crime were repeat victims.

For all anonymous reporting of crime and suspicious activity, contact Crime Stoppers Queensland on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersqld.com.au/make-a-report.

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