The National Stock Theft Prevention Forum requests that all roleplayers in the red meat industry urgently play an active role in stock theft prevention and urge the general public for their assistance.
The National Crime Statistics made available by the South African Police Service on 24 October 2017 has reference. The livestock theft statistics were analysed by the National Stock Theft Prevention Forum (NSTPF) and the following information is of importance:
Nationally livestock theft cases have increased by 8.8%. Although one would consider the rise as dramatic, the reasons are not known. It may be due to a real increase or improved reporting of cases by victims. In the table below, the increases within the different provinces are indicated varying from as high as 22.5% to as low as 1.8%.