As this video demonstrates, sheep theft from moving vehicles is a huge problem in other parts of the world. Sheep transport drivers should beware of roving bandits piloting motorcycles with sidecars, and pay close attention when driving up steep grades. If someone can run faster than you’re driving, your sheep aren’t safe. Sheep theft is a preventable crime if you follow these few simple rules:
– Dump trucks are for hauling dirt and gravel, not livestock.
– If you have to use a dump truck, be sure to use a locking cargo cover.
– Use wheel bearing grease on the tailgate bars and top to prevent boarding.
– Don’t allow motorcycles with sidecars, pickup truck or convertibles to tailgate your truck.
Once taken, sheep are virtually impossible to recover since Lojack doesn’t offer a sheep locator service. Some are stolen for wool, some are stolen for meat and still others are stolen for, um, companionship. Or starring roles in Austrian films that can’t be imported to the United States.