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Incidents of livestock theft continue to affect farmers in the Bendigo area, with recent statistics showing that incidents have either been stable or increased marginally in the surrounding local government areas over the past year. This week, Crime Stoppers Victoria has partnered with Victoria Police, launching a new “Put a Spotlight on Farm Crime” campaign. Related: Crime statistics: Domestic violence abuses rise, but overall crime in Bendigo is down The campaign aims to increase agricultural crime reported in Victoria, whether it is stolen livestock, harvested animals, firearms, equipment, tools or chemicals. New data released by the Crime Statistics Agency last week revealed livestock theft across the state had increased by two percent in the last 12 months, costing rural areas close to $ 2,000,000. Farm Crime Liaison Officer Leading Senior Constable Dan O’Bree said livestock theft in particular could have a huge impact on livelihoods for farmers, including those in central Victoria. “We often see lambs in the area being stolen from the garden before they have been tagged,” he said. “We encourage farmers to tag livestock as soon as possible to reduce this risk. Related: Bendigo test sites are overwhelmed, exhibition areas reopen” When it comes to spring, it’s also a good time to make sure your inventory counts are correct, as the cutting is resumed. Leading Senior Constable O’Bree said that if you see strange vehicles in your area or traveling on back roads, take their information and contact Crime Stoppers or your local Farm Crime liaison officer. He said reports to Crime Stoppers can be made anonymous.Crime Stoppers Victoria CEO Stella Smith said agricultural thieves were becoming more and more sophisticated in how they target victims. “We see criminals using drones and satellite images to spy on rural property,” she said. , whether you live in a remote area, with technology, criminals can easily find a way to steal from you. “Ms Smith said it was important for farmers and property owners to report to crime stoppers if they have been targeted by criminals or have had spy farm crime. Related news: COVID-19 in the regions: Bendigo, Mount Alexander Shire records new COVID-19 cases “Even the slightest information can help police with an investigation and help reduce the number of farm crimes in Victoria,” she said. Victoria Police’s Farm Crime Coordination Unit Acting Inspector Emma Bartel said they take farm crime very seriously “It is important that farmers come forward to report any crime and they should know that we will investigate it fully. We understand the impact theft of livestock and equipment can have on farmers and their livelihoods, “she said.” We encourage people in rural areas to report any suspicious activity. The information they have may be the piece we need to hold perpetrators accountable. More News: New Level A COVID-19 Exposure Site Built in East Bendigo “We also urge farmers to take precautions — a simple measure like a sign on the fence that warns offenders of abstaining from private property can go a long way” to discourage crime. “The public is also urged to verify the authenticity of livestock and used farm equipment Property theft and fraud offenses have fallen in Greater Bendigo and Loddon LGAs over the past 12 months, while Campaspe LGA has seen an increase in offenses. off private properties are available for collection at Bendigo and Axedale police stations as part of Crime Stoppers Putting a Spotlight on Farm Crime campaign, which is run in partnership with Victoria Police. Victorian Farmers Federation President Emma Germano said rural crime can have a significant and damaging impact on hard-working communities. “It not only hurts the victim’s hip pocket, but reduces how much they can spend locally, from cafes to hardware stores,” she said. Anyone in need of immediate police assistance should call Triple Zero (000). Anyone with information on agricultural thefts should contact crime stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report online at crimestoppersvic.com.au. Read more about agricultural crime here. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. To access our trusted content:

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