Wiltshire Police Horse Watch

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Wiltshire Horse Watch 21st February 2019


This is a Wiltshire Horse Watch newsletter sent from Wiltshire Police.
We will be now sending regular updates targeted at Horse Owners & Riders and Stable/Livery/Yard Owners and Users. You are receiving this message due to selecting an interest in ‘Farm Watch’. You can sign into Wiltshire Messaging to change your preferences, and you can select ‘Horse Watch’ to ensure you never miss an update.
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Recent Incidents and Crime

If you can offer any information on these incidents call 101.

Area Date and Time Incident Type Details
Downton 18/02/2019 between 1630-1730 Intelligence – Suspicious Incident MOOR LANE - Unknown vehicle parked near to horse stables that shouldn’t have been there.
Longbridge Deverell 12/02/2019 between 2000-2100 Crime - Burglary Unknown suspect/s have driven through the farm gate, damaging the gate, and stolen a Horse Box that was parked outside.
Tack room broken into and the following property stolen:
2 sets of clippers and attachments
Pony saddle and bridle
Various types of horse rugs 10-12
4 head collars
Box of straps and other leather accessories
Amesbury 12/02/2019 between 0930-1645 Crime -Theft Items from an open barn removed and used by unknown persons after their vehicle had been stuck on grass verge, and left in situ. 2 metal chains stolen used to block access for horses going into another field.
Tisbury, Salisbury Overnight between 07/02/19 -08/02/19 Crime – Burglary Community HORSE FIELD, TUCKINGMILL, TISBURY -Unknown person/s have stolen items of horse equipment from stables. Doors yanked open, disconnected power source and a number of valuable and distinctive items stolen:
2 western saddles (cowboy type)
3 English Saddles
3 bridles (2 of which western bridles with straight bit bars and silver studs)
2 brooms
2 shovels (1 Canadian shovel, heart shaped, pointed with long handle)
An axe
A socket set
2 hammers
Horse blankets
BUTE anti-inflammatory medicine from a first aid box
Metal feed scoop
Black cart harness
Warminster 07/02/19 between 1000-1500 Crime – Burglary Residential (Shed/Garage/etc…) SMALLBROOK LANE – Unknown person/s have broken into feed store at stables where horses are kept, lock has been broken but nothing stolen.
Marlborough Between 1700 05/02/19 – 0600 06/02/19 Crime - Theft OGBOURNE ST ANDREW – Unknown suspect/s have gained entry to yard by forcing large lock off the double gates and stolen a Green Ifor Williams 505 Trailer by removing the wheel lock using unknown method.

Keep your Horse and Tack Safe

  • Take detailed photographs of your horse and then all equipment – especially any unusual or expensive items. These images can then be quickly passed to police and you can circulate online should anything happen to you.
  • Freezemarking is recommended on your horse. Along with microchipping you are ensuring your horse can be traced to you.
  • Keep an up to date inventory of your property – note down all serial numbers, keep documents safe and look at marking your equipment.
  • Tack may not be covered by your insurance policy as standard and there may be specific instructions to meet. Some policies specify a 5-lever mortice deadlock is fitted on all doors (these locks can be purchased for around £30). Some specify steel bars/grids on the windows.
  • You could consider CCTV overlooking entrances.
  • If your horse is kept at livery, you could split costs with other horse owners to invest in updating security.

You can reply directly to this alert but replies are not monitored continuously.
Please get in touch if you have a local event to share or any feedback on information that would be helpful in these newsletters.

If you have any information please call Wiltshire Police on 101 or if you wish to remain ANONYMOUS please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always call 999.

Message sent by
Lauren Clark (Police, Watch Co-ordinator, Wiltshire and Swindon)

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