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The number of cattle stolen this year decreased by 33 percent countrywide, from 9 806 in 2013 to 6 618, police have said. In an interview, the Anti-stock theft national co-ordinator, police Senior Assistant Commissioner Bernard Dumbura, attributed the decline to police campaigns and co-operation by members of the public. He said the number of cases reported this year dropped by 20 percent from 4339 to 3167.

“We recorded a significant decrease of cattle stolen, last year 9806 cattle were stolen and the number dropped to 6 618 showing a decrease of 33 percent,” said Snr Asst Comm Dumbura.

He said during the year, they recovered 2621 cattle, recording a recovery rate of four percent. Snr Asst Comm Dumbura said throughout the year, police embarked on a number of campaigns to conscientise society on stock theft as well as patrols in the rural areas.

Some of the campaigns launched by the police include Nakanelani IzifuyoChengetedzai Zvipfuyo, branding campaign, Operation Inyama Uyithethe ngaphiNyama Yabvepi, Hatshi izifuyo emgwaqweniKwete mombe mumigwagwa and operation eradicate cattle rustlers on the market.

Source : The Herald