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Farmers and police build trust to deter rural crime, with many offences going under-reported

Many farmers are not reporting crimes on their properties because they believe the perpetrators will not be caught, a study shows.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) recently surveyed 700 farmers and found that only 30 per cent of farmers reported crimes — like illegal hunting — on their properties.

The DPI's Game Licensing Unit has been working with New South Wales police to detect and deter illegal hunting.

DPI Game Licensing director Andrew Moriarty said successful crackdowns were hard to achieve with so few farmers reporting crimes.

"We cannot build a really strong picture as to where the illegal hunting is happening, who is impacted, where we need to direct our resources," Dr Moriarty said.


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ABC NEWS 05/12/18