Traditionally, cattle rustling (theft) has been the main crime of the district. Previously, cattle rustlers were committing cattle theft by foot or by using horses. "Khoji" (foot-tracker) was the main man who used to assist the Police in detecting the criminals by using their foot-prints and patterns. "Thekri-pehra" (volunteer village watchmen) used to work as an effective strategy for prevention of this crime. Now times have changed. Cattle rustlers are mostly armed with lethal weapons. Mostly they steal but sometimes they snatch on gun-point and take the inmates at farm as hostage. Cattle Rustler Gangs are ever changing and they enlist criminals from far and wide, like districts of Gujrat, Mandi, Hafizabad, Chiniot, Faisalabad, Sheikhupura and sometimes even from KPK. In District Sargodha, incidents of Cattle theft may occur anywhere, but the areas of Police Stations Mid Ranjha, Mela, Laksian, Kot Momin, Bhagatanwala, Kirana and Sadar (along Chenab River) are the most affected. The extensive network of farm to market roads provides an excellent mobility for transporting the stolen cattle on trucks. With the changing method of crime, the strategy of the Police must change as well (see Cattle Watch).