Safety warnings for rural residents
QUEENSLAND Police are urging rural residents to take precautions to remain safe.
The rural major and organised crime squad have recently received a number of fraud complaints where victims have entered into agreements with people claiming to be beef or wild game wholesalers, specifically roo meat.
The offenders offer high price returns, however once the meat is sold, payments are not made.
Police urge producers to exercise caution when entering into arrangements with new and unknown buyers and wholesalers.
Rural residents are urged to report to police any incidents of fraudulent activity.
Police have received an increase in reports of trespassers on rural properties right across the State.
People are primarily found being driven on remote areas of large pastoral properties.
When they are challenged by owners or managers, they have no permission or reasonable excuse to be there.
Detective inspector Mick Dowie said people are reminded trespassing for the purposes of hunting and the unlawful taking of wildlife, attract significant fines.
"We often find that people committing opportunistic theft when they come across machinery such as pumps, generators and quad bikes and will use the excuse they are only hunting if challenged by the farmer,” he said.
These trespassers are often on the property for the purposes of hunting, and having a person shooting on a property without permission, which poses a very serious threat to the community.
"These thieves and reckless hunters give legitimate hunters with appropriate approvals a bad name and farmers and producers simply close off their properties to protect themselves and their interests,” Dept Ins Dowie said.
Landholders are urged to report trespassers using the Policelink 'stock and rural crime' smartphone app.
Residents are encouraged to send emails and photographs of offenders and their vehicles to police, as long as it is safe to do so.
"We will prosecute trespassers on rural properties to protect owners and industry as they have enough on their hands with the current drought conditions,” Dept Insp Dowie said
Residents are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if they have any information.