Grenada launches praedial larceny hotline
Farmers can expect a quicker response time from police whenever their crops are stolen or destroyed as the government has launched a praedial larceny hotline in collaboration with the Royal Grenada Police Force.
The praedial larceny hotline number assigned is 435-0300 and the shortcode is 300.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Michael Francois says the hotline will assist in reducing the number of criminal acts perpetrated against farmers.
He says in 2018 there were 403 praedial larceny reports while in 2019 there were 438 reports, an 8.7 percent increase.
“So with the launch of this hotline we hope to see a reduction in incidents of praedial larceny as persons who go onto lands now will know there is a quicker response,” said ACP Francois.
The police force will be responsible for the operationalisation and maintenance of the hotline.
Meanwhile, Minister of Agriculture and Lands, Yolande Bain Horsford says it is about time that the vexing issue of praedial larceny is curbed.
She says in addition to the hotline, there will be an amendment to the praedial larceny act.
“The Agriculture Ministry will also commence rigorous public awareness and education campaigns having recognised the need to have greater public participation in the fight against praedial larceny,” said Minister Horsford.