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Horse Watch

Horse Watch is a Thames Valley Police initiative to counter equine crime

Horse Watch LogoWorking along the same lines as Neighbourhood Watch, members keep an eye out for their own horses, nearby neighbours' horses, equipment, vehicles and any breaches of security on their land.

The Mounted Section at Thames Valley Police serves as a focal point for Horse Watch. Each area in the Force has a police staff Horse Watch co-ordinator - usually someone who owns a horse yard or stables - who looks after the interests of members.

TVP's Horse Watch was set up in response to a number of attacks on horses, including stabbings, in the Hampshire area in the early 1990s.

The organisation's aim is to look out for crime and criminals and to make people aware of equine crime.

Members are encouraged to jot down the registration numbers of unfamiliar vehicles and to warn the police and others about people acting suspiciously near stables and land where horses are kept.

In turn, Mounted Section officers collate crime intelligence on equine related incidents, whether they are burglaries from tack shed or thefts of horses.

The information is then relayed out to co-ordinators via a Ringmaster computerised telephone system.

Horsewatch coordinators hold three meetings a year at TVP headquarters in Kidlington.

Horse owners interested in joining Horse Watch pay a nominal fee. The cash goes into a central fund that is used to pay for a tack marking and trailer marking service. Tack marking involves punching post codes on to saddles that are not removable. Trailer marking involves using indelible paint to put post codes on to the top of trailers.

For more information about joining Horse Watch see joining Horse Watch. Alternatively, email us or telephone Sue Auffeiro: 01189 816438