Criminal prevention efforts carried out by the Brigadas Montadas de Vigilancia in rural areas of Camagüey province -where these brigades have been set up- have resulted in a remarkable reduction of cattle rustling and killing.
According to Germán Guerra Basulto, chief of the farming sector protection service, such criminal acts have decreased, thanks to these surveillance squads, founded with the support of the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP), an opinion that is shared by residents in Minas and Najasas, where these brigades were created.
Strengthening order, safeguarding lawfulness and preventing crime have been the goals of these brigades, made up by people chosen in the very farms where they work, whether State-run or cooperative farms. These groups rely on the counseling and guidance of officers of the National Revolutionary Police (PNR), he added.
In an attempt to halt acts like cattle rustling and killing, theft, illegal logging and other felonies a total of 65 brigades have been established in rural People's Councils within Camagüey province.
First lieutenant Aliosky Quiala Hernández who works directly with one of these squads affirmed that “they have ensured the permanent surveillance of the area on which they work, and are undoubtedly another force which cooperates with the Ministry of the Interior. (AIN/Radio Cadena Agramonte).