Cattlerustling (theft) has become one of the main crimes of the district Gujranwala. Previously, cattle rustlers were committing cattle theft by foot or by using horses. "Khoji" (foot-tracker) were the main resources who used to assist the police in detecting the criminals, by using the criminal's 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 theft cattles but sometimes they snatch on gun-point and take the victimes along as a hostage.
Cattle rustler gangs are ever changing and they enlist criminals from far and wide, like the districts of Gujranwala, Sialkot, M.B. Din, Hafizabad, Chiniot, Faisalabad, Sheikhupura, Narowal and sometimes even from other provinces. In district Gujranwala, incidents of cattle theft may occur anywhere. The extensive networks of farm to market roads provide an excellent mobility for transporting the stolen cattle on trucks. With the changing method of crime, the strategy of the Police is changing as well.