Sunday 23 February, 2020

Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit steps up operations across the island

Officials from the Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit say they have arrested a total 81 persons since start of the year

Officials from the Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit say they have arrested a total 81 persons since start of the year

Officials from the Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit (PLPU) say they arrested a total of 81 persons since the start of the year as they continue to clamp down on criminals targeting farms and farmers across the island.

Head of the PLU, Deputy Superintendent, Kevin Francis said the individuals were arrested during 31 operations carried out across the island between January and July.

Police said this is an increase from the 23 persons arrested over the corresponding period last year.

Police said two illegal firearms were also recovered during the operations this year.

“The Unit continues to contribute meaningfully to the restoration of confidence in the agricultural sector and the reduction of serious crimes to include murders," said DSP Francis.

Police said during the operations this year over 387 vehicles were also stopped, checked and searched and 103 breaches of the Road Traffic Act detected and tickets issued accordingly.

Three (3) vehicles were seized and seven (7) summonses served.

Over 112 Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) receipts were inspected and found to be updated and in order.  Thirty-three (33) stolen animals were recovered compared to 31 for the same period in 2016.

Additionally, sixty-seven (67) farm security assessments were conducted compared to 21 for the corresponding period.

Farm security assessments are done with a view to identify trends and analysis that can help to safeguard investments and offer workable solutions to farmers to protect life and property.

One of the features of the PLPU is to follow up with farmers who are victims of farm theft and as such provide updates on investigations, conduct further assessments and work with farmers to prevent any recurrence of farm theft.

 

 

 

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