The Fuerza Pública says that it had reduced the rustling of cattle by 18 percent with emphasis on the control of the highways and pleas to the public to turn in crooks.
The agency also said that the arrests of some rustlers also has reduced the crimes. In one case they detained several men in a car on the way to Nicaragua with three calves also in the vehicle.
The reduction in rustling only includes live cows. Animals that are killed in the field and dismembered for meat were not counted. These crimes, too, are causing great economic loss to cattle operators.
Truckers carrying cattle now are obligated to stop at police checkpoints, the Fuerza Pública noted. The truckers must show extensive paperwork.
Permanent markings or tags on animals also help, officers said.