New legislation cracks down on rural crime.

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New legislation cracks down on rural crime.

Tougher new laws targeting perpetrators of rural crime are now in place across the South West region, with the State Government passing reforms in parliament this week.


The new procedures are designed to provide a stronger responses and harsher penalties to things like stock theft, trespass and illegal hunting.


New legislation has been developed off the back of a review by former Police Assistant Commissioner Steve Bradshaw.


Police Minister Troy Grant says the job of a farmer is hard enough without having to bear the brunt of wanton acts of destruction.


He also says these reforms give rural police the legislative framework they need to solve these crimes, and give farmers the confidence to report criminal activity.


Locals with information on rural crime in the South West region are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers.