HIDDEN cameras could be the key to solving crime on rural properties and the police have encouraged land owners around Kumbia to put up surveillance.
Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad Detective Sergeant Mark Ferling said camera traps were the best way to track down people trespassing or stealing from properties.
"If you can give us some evidence we will be more than happy to go and see these crooks because they need prosecuting," he said.
"What we've found is we're getting more and more people come out to the country because we're easy targets.
"We do leave things unlocked and it's a sign of the times now, we can't leave things unlocked anymore."
By setting up the camera traps along property roads or near key places like fuel tanks, landholders can gather pictures of who has been on their property and what they were doing.
Pictures of vehicles and their number plates would make it easier for police to track down offenders.
Sgt Ferling said the cameras were invaluable tools but he did warn landholders the cameras themselves would be the targets of theft.
"I'm not going to lie to you, you're going to lose them, they will steal them, they do look for them," he said.
He said the cameras could be useful when it came to stock theft.
"If you think you're down cattle and it is in a certain area, you know like a dam or something, put it up," he said.
"Because one, you'll see what cattle are watering there, and two, you might find someone riding through and most people know people in the bush with horses and cattle."
Alongside using cameras, Sgt Ferling said the best way to avoid falling victim to rural property crime was to stay alert and be seen.
"Know your cattle, check your fences, know your neighbours and work together, and don't be afraid to tell us stuff," he said.
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