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Bexar County investigation continues

Farmers and ranchers in South Texas should be especially diligent with keeping tabs on their cattle. Officials from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association are investigating several reports of cattle thefts in Bexar County, among others.

As cattle sales continue to reach record highs, a 36.8 percent increase in cattle theft was reported last year.

According to the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, 980 cases were investigated by special rangers in Texas and Oklahoma. More than 10,400 head of cattle and horses were reported missing or stolen in 2012.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and the cattle raisers association advise cattlemen to brand cattle for identification purposes, lock gates to their property, and count cattle inventory regularly. If anyone sees suspicious activity, such as loading cattle at night, they should contact the local authorities immediately. See local list, right.

Theft-prevention tips

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) offers these tips to prevent livestock thefts:

•“Display TSCRA member sign on gates and entrances -- it is an excellent deterrent.

•Lock gates.

•Brand cattle and horses -- make sure the brand is recorded with the county clerk.

•Put driver license number on all saddles, tack, and equipment.

•Video horses and tack. Keep complete and accurate descriptions on file. Establish an organized, easy-to-find proof of ownership file to save valuable time in the recovery process.

•Count cattle regularly.

•Don’t establish a routine when feeding -- vary the time when you feed.

•Be cautious of who you give keys and combinations to.

•If possible, park trailers and equipment where they are out of view from the roadway.

•Keep tack rooms and saddle compartments on trailers locked.

•Don’t feed in pens.

•Participate in neighborhood crime watch programs.

•Don’t build pens close to a roadway.

•Never leave keys in tractors or other equipment.”




Notify authorities

Report suspected livestock thefts to:

•The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office at 210-335-6000

•The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 830-393-2535

•The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association’s Operation Cow Thief hotline at 1-888-830-2333.
 

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