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NZ Police investigate cattle theft on Banks Peninsula

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Update: 1:49PM CANTERBURY: NEW Police are investigating the slaughter and theft of seven cattle from a property in the Port Levy area of Banks Peninsula.

Police said the hides of the animals were left hanging on a fence, and they believe the person or persons responsible had knowledge of the rural sector and knew what they were doing.

Detective Senior Sergeant Neville Jenkins said the incident was believed to have occurred sometime between January 20 and January 26 when the matter was reported to Police.

He said an adjacent property was also missing five Friesian bulls.

He said the loss was discovered around the same period but there was no evidence of them having been slaughtered.

Anyone who has information about those incidents is encouraged to contact Canterbury Police on 03 363 7400, or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

"We ask farmers and the rural community to report any unusual activity. For example, something suspicious could be a vehicle that's been left on the side of the road, one you hear at odd times during the night, or maybe people walking around who look out of place," Detective Senior Sergeant Jenkins said.

"Security options for farmers to consider include installing CCTV or wireless alert systems which can activate an alarm in your house to alert you that someone is in your shed.

"These devices are highly effective and can even work in areas across some distance, where there is no cell coverage.

"It is also very important that any cattle thefts anywhere in the country are reported because of bio-security. 

"The cattle stolen had NAIT tags, as all cattle should. This is a national identification tag which records any stock movement. This is presently critical to the bio-security of the dairy industry, particularly with the current Mycoplasma bovis situation."

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