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Sheriff's Office Warn of Agricultural Thefts/Thefts from Irrigation Units

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POSTED ON BEHALF OF THE JASPER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office wishes to remind residents in rural Jasper County to be extra aware of the potential for thefts of agricultural machinery, scrap metal, irrigation equipment, and cattle during the fall and winter seasons. Typically, most farm equipment and irrigation systems are not in use during these times and are not seen regularly by the owners, which gives would-be thieves a large window of opportunity. Livestock are usually seen more often during the fall/winter haying season, but historically have been at greater risk of theft during this time.

For farmers and producers:

  • Check and count cattle as often as possible.
  • Be aware of cut fencing or “markers” placed near roadside fences.
  • Strongly consider branding livestock. If you do so, make sure your brand is registered with the Missouri Dept. of Agriculture.
  • Check irrigation units as often as possible. Check stored or shedded machinery as often as possible.
  • PROMPTLY report any suspicious activity or thefts to the Sheriff’s Office.

For any rural resident:

  • PROMPTLY report any suspicious persons or activity you see.
  • Write down vehicle descriptions and license numbers of any suspicious vehicle. A general description or partial license number is better than none.
  • Network with your neighbors. Help them to help you.

You can contact the Sheriff’s Office by calling 417-359-9100, at which point a dispatcher will take your information. You may also call our TIPS line at 1-800-8477 to leave information anonymously.

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