• Hannah Phillips

Police Warn of Stock Theft


The theft of livestock continues to be an issue around many Flow regions, and is a significant cost for farming communities.

Typically, sheep are targeted and taken from paddocks or yards often in darkness when there is a clear night or good moonlight, with some stock thefts so big that they would require a large truck or semi-trailer.


Sometimes thefts are not noticed for some time as flocks are not always counted regularly, which can add to the difficulty in investigating these matters.

Police believe they can work to reduce stock theft in our rural communities with active community support.

Farmers can also play their part by:

  • Increasing stock monitoring

  • Tagging and branding stock

  • Keeping accurate stock records

Ways in which everybody can assist:

  • Keep an active look out

  • Report any suspicious activity or vehicles

  • Accurate and timely reporting to police

It is important to note that Police are not only investigating reported thefts but question people moving stock, anyone who notices anything suspicious in their area is urged to call police immediately on 131 444.

Early notification provides police with valuable information to properly investigate stock theft incidents.

If you have any information regarding suspicious vehicles or behaviour near farming properties, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at crimestopperssa.com.au.

For more information on crime prevention, including access to a Rural Security Booklet which provides a valuable security checklist, visit: police.sa.gov.au.


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