NamPol brings stock theft under control

GOBABIS: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Omaheke Region has managed to bring stock theft under control.

NamPol’s Omaheke Regional Commander, Commissioner Josephat Abel told Nampa on Friday that although new stock theft cases are still reported in the region, such numbers have gone down.

He said most stock theft cases reported of late have been those involving nominal or few animals, compared to cases of large numbers of animals reported in the past.

Abel attributed the reduction in stock theft cases to various operations launched by the police to counter the crime, which had farmers living in fear of losing their livestock.

Such operations involved educating farmers on their rights and on ways to seek legal recourse if their livestock has been stolen.

Other campaigns included ways to best prevent stock theft by farmers, and other operations by the police which led to the apprehension of stock theft suspects.

The regional commander said the police will soon roll out undercover operations aimed at apprehending more stock theft suspects in the coming weeks when hunting season starts.