Praedial larceny more like organised crime now - JCF
Head of the Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit (PLPU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Deputy Superintendent of Police Kevin Francis says praedial larceny has shifted to more organised crime.
"Praedial larceny is no longer a man stealing to provide subsistence for his family," Francis said.
The lawman says new strategies are being employed to combat the shift in paradigm by the larcenists to ensure that farmers reap the success of their labour.
"We want to ensure that our Jamaican farmers reap what they grow, and, as such, we will employ strategies that will be effective to deal with the new issues that have arisen because of the organised activities," he said.
Equipment valued at $15 million was reportedly stolen from a farm in Spring Plain, Clarendon, last Friday.
The items include one blue ZangZou tractor, one blue trailer, 46 bags of fertiliser, one roll of 50mm drip hose, four 2,000 metres rolls of drip tape, three heavy-duty batteries, and two drums of hydraulic oil.
"This is one of the cases that has been noted in previous times. We have heard cases of hoses and sprinklers that have been stolen in the past. This is one of the most highlighted cases where the tractor itself has been stolen. Outside of this, it is not as pervasive as before," Francis said.
While noting that he could not pinpoint one particular reason that could motivate the theft of agriculture equipment or produce, Francis said crime such as this is as a result of several social ills.
He said the public can play its part by providing any information to the police.
Anyone with information that may be able to assist the police in recovering these stolen items may contact the PLPU at 927-1731-50, Four Paths police at 987-0429, police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311 or the nearest police station.
A J$75,000 reward is being offered for the return of the tractor and trailer.