Agriculture crimes drop 14% in 2014

Agriculture-related crime events dropped 14 percent from 2013 to 2014, with cattle and sheep thievery plummeting most significantly, the Israel Border Police reported on Sunday.

While Israel experienced an even greater, 22% drop in agricultural crime incidents from 2012 to 2013, the Border Police praised the 14% drop as an "impressive decrease," in line with the continued decline that has occurred in recent years. Particularly remarkable, the Border Police stressed, was the reduction in cattle and sheep burglaries.

In comparison to 2013, 2014 showed a 39% drop in the number of cattle- and sheep-stealing incidents, falling from 256 to 157 events, the Border Police said. The number of individual cattle and sheep stolen fell an even more dramatic 50%, with only 1,688 animals nabbed in 2014 as opposed to 3,408 in 2013, the information added.


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