Crime prevention advice - Equestrian equipment

Alert message sent 05/08/2020 10:22:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police

Good morning,

This is a crime prevention message from your Chippenham Rural Neighbourhood Policing team. We have recently been alerted by a neighbouring force that a number of non-dwelling burglaries have taken place, whereby equestrian equipment has been stolen from tack rooms.
We haven't yet received reports of these crimes taking place in Wiltshire and therefore would like to pass on some crime prevention advice to the relevant people.

Our crime prevention advice is as follows:
1. Review your security on site. If you have CCTV, make sure this is working. Regularly check your fences, hedges and gates for damage or weakness and repair as soon as possible. Consider turning gate hinges upside down and weld if necessary so gates cannot be lifted off the hinges but can still be opened and closed for access. Ensure that they are securely locked when not in use.
2. Ensure that all buildings within your yard are well maintained. Carry out regular checks looking for rusted and broken locks, loose hinges, cracked window glass or rotten frames.
3. Engrave/punch your postcode or identifying number onto your tack. Rugs can be marked with your postcode by using either permanent marker or paint.
4. Keep an up to date inventory of all your vehicles, tack and equipment including colour, make and security markings together with photographs.
5. Do not be tempted to load vehicles the night before travelling to an event or show.
6. Take photographs of your trailers and horse boxes and make a note of any distinguishing features including chassis/serial numbers. Consider painting your vehicle registration on top of the trailer/horsebox roof.
7. Fit a tracking device onto your trailers and horse boxes. Ensure it is secure when unattended in your yard, at shows, events, or parked in a beauty spot or road siding.
8. Take note of unknown vehicles or people you see in your yard or on your property. Note their description, vehicle make/colour/registration number then report it to your local Police on 101. If you see a crime taking place, call 999 immediately.

Kind regards,

Charlotte Windle

Police Community Support Officer 8235
Neighbourhood Team
Chippenham Rural EP16
Wiltshire Police

Monkton Park Police Station,
SN15 1ER
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Charlotte Windle (Police, PCSO, CPT Chippenham)

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