Kenya Uses GPS to Tackle War Against Cattle Theft

KENYA – A new system of tracking stolen livestock in regions prone to rustling will be launched this year.

Administration Police commandant Kinuthia Mbugua said the Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking device will help not only fight cattle rustling but also recover stolen animals, reports The Daily Nation.

“The new device will be fixed on one animal in a flock. With it, we can be able to monitor the movements of the flock,” he said.

Speaking in Machakos when he opened the AP community offices in Mua Hills and Kasinga, Mr Mbugua said fighting cattle rustling was becoming a tricky as it has become commercialised.

“Cattle rustling has been commercialised and stopping it through disarmament of communities had failed to end the criminal activity,” he said.

Mr Mbugua said experiments had proven that the GPS system can work.

Mr Mbugua said several officers in his unit had undergone training locally and abroad on modern ways of fighting crime using the latest technology.

He warned AP officers against indiscipline and using excessive force while handling the public.

TheCattleSite News Desk

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