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Crime is the lead topic of this month’s issue of The Cattleman.
From the cover to the Ranch DIY column to 2 of the features, we look at how to deter theft, how to keep an eye on intruders from afar, how to avoid fraud and how to distinguish between a criminal offense and a civil case.
For years, I’ve heard the special rangers explain to members and the public that they can’t help with civil cases. Their work is in investigating agricultural crime. Larry Gray and Heath Hemphill agreed that it might be helpful to our members to learn about some real world situations that are crimes or that are strictly civil matters.
Gray, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) executive director of law enforcement and theft prevention, and Coleman County District Attorney Hemphill, also a TSCRA director, shared so many examples of criminal versus civil cases that we are presenting part 1 of their comments this month and part 2 in our June issue.
Gray also helped with the article by Larry Stalcup on cyber theft, or internet-based fraud. Thanks to our special rangers, a Tennessee scammer was arrested and charged with 18 counts of theft. Read Gray’s tips on avoiding internet fraud in “Cyber Cattle Theft Just a Click Away.”
In this month’s Ranch DIY column, Kristin Hawkins explains how to set up a surveillance system on your ranch that will send a notification to your smartphone when a certain level of activity is detected. It would be nice to keep an eye on the comings and goings on the ranch when you are away.
Speaking of being away, I hope to see many of you at the 2017 Cattle Raisers Convention this month in San Antonio. Our cover, by Joseph Rodriguez, San Antonio, from the 2016 Convention, shows Special Rangers Scott Williamson and H.D. Brittain teaching a class on branding — how to design a brand, how to register your brand, how to brand livestock. They are teaching this class again at the 2017 Convention. Look for them in the Learning Lounge in the Cattle Raisers Expo, March 31 and April 1, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
While you’re at the Convention, stop by the Cattle Raisers Trading Company and check out the newest addition to our t-shirt line. It says, “Trust Your Neighbor, but Brand Your Cattle.” See you in San Antonio!
“Conversations” is excerpted each month from The Cattleman magazine.