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The Horsewatch Scheme
Fortunately, equine related crime is relatively low in West Yorkshire - however, it is very important that every effort is made to continue to reduce the opportunity for this type of crime to occur.
West Yorkshire Police recognises the importance of supporting members of the equine community in creating secure environments for their horses, equipment and vehicles.
To support horse owners across West Yorkshire, West Yorkshire Police have re-introduced the Horsewatch concept, aiming to provide advice and information to assist in the prevention of crime.
Becoming involved in Horsewatch will provide the opportunity for members to:
- Assist in reducing the opportunity for equine related crime to occur
- Develop an awareness of measures that may prevent crime at their stables/yards
- Become part of a ‘community’ network receiving and relaying pertinent information
- Share ‘good practice’ across West Yorkshire
Every area of West Yorkshire has a Horsewatch Liaison Officer who will be able to support you in establishing a scheme. This Officer will be able to supply you with Horsewatch signs, stickers and leaflets and will be the link between your scheme and the Police. Contact details for your nearest Horsewatch Liaison Officer can be found below.
There are many steps that you can take to enhance existing security measures in and around your stables. The advice contained in the Horsewatch leaflet is not an exhaustive list, but may assist in the prevention of crime (PDF document - 270kb).
For additional information on British Standards for security hardware, please visit: www.securedbydesign.com
To support the development of Horsewatch, West Yorkshire Police will operate a communications system that provides timely and pertinent details of related incidents. It allows information, warnings and details of crimes to be sent by phone or e-mail quickly and precisely to Horsewatch members across West Yorkshire.
Once you have joined the Horsewatch Scheme, your Horsewatch Liaison Officer will be your single point of contact and will offer support and advice on related issues.
Working along the same lines as Neighbourhood Watch, Horsewatch members should keep an eye out for their own horses, nearby neighbours' horses, equipment, vehicles and any breaches of security on their land.
One of the main aims of Horsewatch is to encourage members to keep a note of any suspicious incidents, which may include recording 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. Try and think how an offender may view your property.
By taking positive action you can reassure yourself that you have done as much as you can to protect your horses and your equipment, making it as difficult as possible for a potential offender.
Horsewatch Scheme Pack
In this pack you will find the following :
- Membership Registration Form (PDF 33kb) (to be completed and given to your local Horsewatch Liaison Officer)
- Horse & Pony Registration Form (PDF 174kb)
- Equestrian Equipment Form (PDF 168kb)
- Perimeter fencing should be in good condition, with no gaps or weak points in the boundary line. Try to fit fencing Kite marked to BS1722 (British Standards).
- Ensure that all gates are kept locked.
- Place clear signage on entrance points, directing visitors on arrival at your premises.
- If appropriate, you could also consider fitting removable security posts at the entrance and/or using an audio/visual entry system.
- All security bolts and locks should be Kite marked to BS3621.
- Doorsets should be to PAS24 or LPS1175
- Fit dusk to dawn lighting to provide permanent illumination through the hours of darkness.
- Consider a professionally installed CCTV system Kite marked to BS EN50132-7 together with appropriate signage.
- You may also want to consider a monitored alarm scheme Kite marked to BS EN50131 – any activation will be received by the service provider at a monitoring station.
For further information on alarm systems please contact the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) www.ssaib.org or the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) www.nsi.org.uk. Both organisations can provide you with details of registered alarm companies in your area.
Tack and Equipment Security
- ‘Post coding’ or marking your tack and equipment could act as a deterrent and prevent the opportunity for crime to occur – you could consider using a UV Pen, DNA solutions, Permanent Marker Pen, Metal Punches or Engraving.
- The marking should state the postcode of your premises and number of address – i.e. WF1 3QP 29.
- It is not advisable to use punches or engraving on items that could be weakened or damaged by applying this process – i.e. reins, thin bridles or stirrup leathers.
- You should also keep a photographic and written record of your tack and equipment.
- You could invest in secure storage units - Kite marked to BS EN1143-1:2005.
You may find it useful to find your local Neighbourhood Policing Team first by entering your postcode on the Neighbourhood Policing Team website.
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