Archive for Monday, April 5, 2010

New program to help Sheriff’s Office catch ag thieves

April 5, 2010

The Johnson County Sheriff’s office wants to put an end to cattle rustling.

Sheiff’s officials said despite its mostly suburban nature, millions of dollars of livestock, farm equipment and construction equipment are stolen each year.

To assist in the prevention and recovery of this equipment and livestock the sheriff’s office has announces it has started a new Theft Reports of Agriculture

and Construction Equipment program and it wants the public to participate. The TRACE program intends to efficiently get information regarding stolen farm equipment, livestock theft, livestock recovery, construction equipment and suspicious activities distributed across Johnson and surrounding counties. The objective is to quickly inform all participants of suspicious activities and crime in their neighborhood, farming community and construction sites.

Once an individual or business has been put on the distribution list they will be able to receive e-mails from T.R.A.C.E. Anyone can send information to trace@jocogov.org, but will not receive email notifications until registered.

Sheriff’s officials said similar programs have had success in other counties.

Sheriff’s officials want to remind the public that the new program will not replace 911. If there is an emergency that requires law enforcement response including the theft of equipment or the presence of suspicious activity, the public should still call 911.

To register, go to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Web site at www.jocosheriff.org, click on the T.R.A.C.E. logo and register. Registration is not limited to Johnson County residents. Residents from surrounding counties are encouraged to participate as well.

Any questions should be directed to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at (913) 715-5561 or e-mail trace@jocogov.org attention Detective Brett Wilson.

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