Submitted by Brian Frederick
WE see quite often soldiers out with police officers on patrol sometimes in Police vehicles or BDF vehicles. One has to assume that the soldiers have a legal support role with the Police. One also has to assume that as a former squadie the BDF soldiers are trained in counter insurgency, security and defence. One also assumes that we have trained marksmen and that the BDF has night vision glasses.
So my suggestion is that the BDF carries out some night exercises which would include camouflaged snipers with night vision glasses and rifles suitable for tranquilizer darts and radio communications to a police officer a mile or so away . The snipers could lie hidden in soon to be harvested crops likely to be targeted by thieves. The thieves would be shot with the darts and rendered unconscious until the police arrive to arrest them.
WE shoot wild animals to save them with the same darts with no ill effects. The thief may have a puncture wound which is better than dead but at best he/she was trespassing and worst they would steal something that has taken time and care and ready for market. Net result, practice for the BDF, arrest of the thief and jail or fine, crop saved and immediate reduction in further thefts due to the uncertainty of who is lying in wait in the darkness and ready to shoot.