Canobolas Local Area Command’s rural crime investigator offered important advice to stop theft during Rural Crime Week at the Australian National Field Days.
Senior Constable Sean Beckett on Saturday said farmers should report details like registration plates and descriptions of strange cars.
“It might be trivial to farmers, but it could make a difference,” Senior Constable Beckett said.
“It’s part of a jigsaw, it could lead to prosecutions down the track.
“One farmer might report a car that’s unusual and another farmer might report a theft – that’s how a case can be built.”
He said while someone might appear to be a visitor, they may also be looking for potential targets.
“Having registration details can help take a suspicion further,” Senior Constable Beckett said.
As well as reporting details, Senior Constable Beckett said farmers needed to ensure their properties were secured, with good livestock management practices in place.
Fuel tanks should be locked, keys shouldn’t be left in ignitions, and fencing should be well maintained.