Thieves Targeting Micro-Filtration and Irrigation Equipment in Ventura County
Ventura County Agricultural Crimes Detective Chip Chadman is cautioning California avocado growers to be on the alert and take precautionary steps to protect micro-filtration and irrigation equipment and report suspicious activity. According to Detective Chapman, a theft of micro-filtration equipment was recently reported in the unincorporated areas of Ventura/Oxnard.
A collaborative effort is critical to stopping these criminals. He encourages growers who have been a victim of theft to report the crime by contacting the Sheriff’s Dispatch at 805.654.9511. Growers should request that a deputy visit the location to complete a crime report.
If you suspect illegal activity on your property, call 911 immediately and make note of the suspect’s age, height, weight, facial hair, clothing and shoe type. If you see a vehicle, note its color, license plate number, make and any distinguishing characteristics. Also take note of the person’s or vehicle’s last known direction of travel and time of departure.
Detective Chapman can be reached at 805.384.4726, 805.797.6424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.