Horse Watch is a scheme run for, and by, members of the equestrian community and is supported by the police.
The UK Horse Watch Alliance links Horse Watch schemes from around the country.
Dedicated community co-ordinators in each Horse Watch area will have a direct link to a local policing team. This allows us to share information about criminal, anti-social and suspicious behaviour in your area that will contribute to reducing crime and improving the quality of life in that area.
The aims of the scheme are to:
- Increase the prevention and detection of equine related crime
- Increase community engagement between individual members, the police and other equine groups
- Increase public confidence in the police and other involved agencies
Benefits of the scheme
- Free access to the Devon and Cornwall Alert (early information regarding crimes or suspicious behaviour)
- Advice on how to report suspicious activity
- Access to your local policing team and Horse Watch co-ordinator
- Provision of regular equine crime information in your area
- Information about security products that reduce thefts and increase the chance of offenders being caught
- Details on how to register your property and search for details of stolen property prior to buying equipment
- Signs and stickers for your premises and equipment showing that you are a member of a police supported initiative
Requirements of becoming a member
Horse Watch is a free scheme, anyone from the caravan community can join but we request you to:
For more information about Horse Watch contact your local policing team.
How to keep your horse and equipment safe
- Don’t make it easy for thieves. All you need are some good security measures, most of which are inexpensive and you can do yourself.
- Mark equipment using your postcode followed by your house number or the first two letters of your house name, for example EX1 5DB 14 or TR1 4BS CH. This is your unique code that pinpoints your address from all others in the country.
- Firmly stamp your unique code into the leather, using a light hammer or mallet and metal dies that can be bought from most suppliers of engineers’ tools.
- Keep a detailed inventory describing all your valuable tack and the serial numbers.
- Secure saddles and bridles to their racks with chains and padlocks.
- Fit good quality mortice locks to doors.
- Fit bars or grills to windows.
- Reinforce wooden tack rooms internally with a steel plate or mesh.
- Keep the tack room door closed so people cannot easily see what is inside.
How to join or set up a Horse Watch scheme
To find out about a Horse Watch scheme in your area or to discuss setting up a new scheme email Horse Watch contact the local policing team for details.