Topics:  animals, camera, cattle, court, crime, theft

Say cheese, you're on candid camera

POACHERS beware - cow cameras will bring you undone.

While the man accused of slaughtering pregnant stud cattle at Widgee is due to appear in Gympie Magistrates Court next Monday, poachers are still firmly in the sights of regional authorities and there is an increasingly broad and not-too-expensive range of hardware available to graziers to protect their stock and their property against trespassers, poachers and rustlers.

Deputy Gympie Mayor and cattle producer Tony Perrett is one of a growing number of farmers to install security cameras on his land and is an enthusiastic advocate for the practice.

"We have had them for about three years," Councillor Perrett said.

"You can put them on the road near your property or near tracks or in areas where you think people might come on to your property via gates.

"They work off AA batteries and are sensor activated. They're not very big so they can be well concealed, and the quality of the image is really clear. There are even cameras that actually take a photo and if there is mobile coverage available will send a copy of that photo to your phone."

The initiative is strongly encouraged by the Kingaroy Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad, which investigates rural and stock crimes in the Gympie region.

Plain-clothes Senior Constable Paul Jones said yesterday surveillance cameras were now an affordable deterrent against would-be thieves.

"The cameras, which range in price from $150-$600 are able to be positioned around sheds and workshops or out in the paddock," Snr Const Jones said.

"They are compact and easy to use and can provide police and property owners with invaluable evidence."

Snr Const Jones said the surveillance cameras were also able to identify predators such as feral pigs or wild dogs, which might be contributing to stock losses.

"Stock Squad officers throughout Queensland are now using cameras and have had some very successful results with them.," he said.

"If criminals are worried about being caught on camera they are less likely to target a property."



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