Unwanted visitors a rural problem

TRESPASSERS on rural properties are in the police spotlight again, after a series of incidents, like one on the Granite Belt recently, where people entered private land without permission.

The Queensland Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad said trespassers were a constant concern for rural landholders, with many entering properties to hunt for goats, pigs and kangaroos.

Many trespassers think they can hunt on land such as public roads and stock routes without permission ... but it is unlawful to hunt anywhere without permission.

In January, shooters entered a Dalveen property without the permission of the owners, and shot and killed more than $2000 worth of rare Large English black pigs they had mistaken for ferals.

SARCIS senior constable Paul Condon said invariably trespassers also threatened the security of rural properties.

"As well as committing offences of hunting animals without the landholder's permission, trespassers often commit other offences such as leaving gates open, killing livestock and stealing fuel," Snr Constable Paul Condon said.

"Many trespassers think they can hunt on land such as public roads and stock routes without permission. They often use this as an excuse to travel through rural land, but it is unlawful to hunt anywhere without permission.

"That includes stock routes, town commons and Crown Land."

Many landholders were unsure how to deal with trespassers and reluctant to report them to police.

The SARCIS advises landholders to also take steps to improve the security of their properties and assist police to investigate trespassing offences:

 Lock boundary gates.

 Consider installing security cameras to monitor entrance points and homestead areas.

 Make a record of equipment that is stored on the property and secure valuable items such as motorbikes in a lockable shed.

 Keep a daily diary of all activities on the property.

 Keep a record of who has permission to be on the property and require them to notify the manager or owner every time they come onto the property.

 If trespassers are sighted, make a note of the time and date, and a description of the people and vehicles. A simple digital camera is also a good tool for taking photos that can be used by police to prosecute offenders.

 Report any unusual or suspicious activity to your local police station.

 Property owners unsure of their rights or wanting legal information should contact their local police station and ask to be referred to the Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad, or email

SARCISIntell@police.qld.gov.au.

Topics:  police, rural crime, trespass



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