Horse Watch was launched in 2009 by the Rural Crime Team at Wiltshire Police. There are now schemes in place nationwide supported by most police forces.
Horse Watch provides members with crime prevention advice, regular updates and local alerts via text message or email of suspicious activity. It is county-wide and aims to reduce the number of equine thefts around stables and riding schools.
The Rural Crime Team works closely with all Neighbourhood Policing Teams across the County and with communities themselves. PCSO John Bordiss from the Rural Crime Team said:
As a horse owner myself, I am very aware of the hard work and ongoing expense horse ownership brings. The last thing anyone wants is to be a victim of crime. By working together, being vigilant and sharing information, we can help prevent future rural and equine crimes.
As part of Horsewatch the Rural Crime Team advise on the security of equine yards, tack, horses, trailers and boxes as well as the various methods of security marking. The team also provide a free tack marking service members can request a visit or you can find the team at an event see events section. They can also arrange a full security survey, conducted by Crime Reduction Officers.
Please be aware that you do not have to own a horse to become a member - we welcome all horsey people whether you just ride occasionally or own the local livery yard, by working together we can all help to prevent equine crime!