“The campaign today has become a service book. Each one uses as he wants.“William Veberckmoes is a worried breeder. Every night, he controls a dozen closely in the Nantes countryside: for some time now, individuals have come to steal his animals. In the morning, he scrupulously counts his 1,600 sheep. The task, tedious, has become indispensable. “We get stolen regularly, we know it, but we never know the quantities that disappear“, explains the breeder who is stolen on average about fifty ewes per year.
William Veberckmoes is not the only one, since his entire department is affected. The year 2020 has been particularly dramatic, with three times more thefts than in previous years. Farmers are broke. In 2014, thefts in rural areas doubled, and nearly 8,000 complaints have since been registered each year. In addition to animals, thieves also steal equipment, from the latest technology GPS kits to tractor steering wheels.