In an attempt to assist the South African Police Services (SAPS), the National Stock Theft Prevention Forum (NSTPF) urged farmers across the country to report all cases of livestock theft in their region.
The NSTPF recently released a statement that the SAPS needs accurate figures to determine how many livestock theft units are needed in each region throughout the country.
The attempt will help with the allocation of resources such as staff, vehicles and equipment. This in return can improve reaction times and solving cases quicker.
In 2011, Statistics South Africa (SSA) revealed that 36,3% of stock livestock theft cases were not reported. In 2012, this increased to 40,1% and 63% in 2013.
It was also revealed that around 38,1% of farmers do not report these cases due to them not having confidence in the police services being able to recover stock or successful prosecution.
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