In light of the increase theft of animals during the Christmas season, the Praedial Larceny Unit is urging persons not to purchase agriculture produce from non-farmers.
In a press statement issued on Tuesday, December 15, the unit said butchers, vendors, purchasers and retailers should be reminded that the theft of agricultural produce continues to be a major problem for farmers.
They have also advised butchers to be extra cautious when purchasing animals from the slaughter house.
“When purchasing animals from any individual please ensure that the seller gives you a receipt for your purchase as well as a telephone number which is in service,” the unit said in a press statement.
Persons are also being reminded that praedial larceny is a criminal offense and is punishable by law and if convicted, individuals can face up to 2 years behind bar or fined no more than $10,000.
Persons can report any suspected cases of praedial larceny by calling 454-1708 0r 453-8483 or contact the nearest police station.