STOCK THEFT CRIME PREVENTION
Tsoeu, Tlelima Victor
Stock theft is one of the major crimes affecting Lesotho. The Lesotho Mounted Police Service has adopted community policing as a crime prevention strategy in order to combat stock theft through the establishment of crime prevention committees. However, despite the introduction of this strategy, stock theft continues to increase. The purpose of this research is to investigate the different challenges which are faced by this strategy in order to render the strategy more effective. The study engages the documents and legal frameworks which contributed to the formulation of this strategy. In depth interviews with different stakeholders were also carried out. One of the main findings of the research is that the community is no longer committed in participating in the measures which are aimed at fighting stock theft. It has also been established that the training of both the police and the community has since stopped which makes it difficult for both the police and the community to appreciate community policing. On the other hand, the crime prevention committees are viewed as a voluntary exercise and therefore need to be legally established so that they can command more authority and legitimacy. The study also recommends the review of the current Stock Theft Act of 2000 so that the punishment would be commensurate with the offences committed and deter potential stock thieves.
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Stock theft, Lesotho, Crime prevention, Lesotho