Police praedial larceny unit reports 14 per cent reduction; increased vigilance
The police's Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit (PLPU) is claiming success, having reduced praedial larceny incidents by 14 per cent this year and scoring a 95 per cent conviction rate.
In a release last evening, the PLPU said it made 132 arrests between January and November, almost twice the amount of arrests it made last year over the same period.
The PLPU says its success is bolstered by the 8,200 pounds of uncertified meat destroyed, 108 farms assessed for security, 32 stolen animals recovered and 251 farm visits it conducted.
It says abattoir inspections also increased by 77 per cent over the review period.
Head of the PLPU, Deputy Superintendent Kevin Francis, attributes the success of the unit to greater awareness among farmers and citizens who work closely with the PLPU team.
DSP Francis says farmers are now notifying the PLPU when they are slaughtering animals.
He says despite the shortage of resources, the PLPU will continue the fight against praedial larceny.