Spike in thefts of equestrian equipment sparks alert to horse owners

Horse owners across East Devon are being urged to take detailed photographs of both horses and tack following a spike in thefts from stables over the summer.

Police have issued an alert on behalf of Devon and Cornwall Horse Watch after a significant amount of equipment was stolen from the Bicton area. In just one night, thieves made off with seven saddles,12 bridles, two Samshield hats and a range of other equestrian equipment.

Brands stolen include Antares, Voltaire and CWD2G.

The alert urges horse owners to consider investing in CCTV to keep an eye on entrances.

It warns: “Take detailed photographs of your horse and all of your equipment – especially any unusual or expensive items. These images can then be quickly passed to police and you can circulate online should they go missing.

“Freeze marking is recommended on your horse. Along with microchipping, you are ensuring your horse can be traced to you.”

Owners are further warned that tack may not be covered by insurance policies. Horse Watch says: “There may be specific instructions to meet. Some policies specify a five-lever mortice deadlock is fitted on all doors (these locks can be purchased for around £30). Some specify steel bars/grids on the windows.”

Police issue tack theft appeal

The thefts from the Bicton area occurred overnight between June 13 and 14.

Police are appealing for information. A full list of the stolen goods can be found here, along with relevant crime reference numbers and details of how to report information.

Free help is available from Devon’s Horse Watch co-ordinator, who is a PSCO, including tack marking. Access is also available to discounted security products.

For further information, email horsewatch@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk or call 101.

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