Mon 30 November 2020

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Horsewatch is a voluntary organisation made up of like-minded people who have an interest in reducing theft of horses, ponies, their transport and equipment.

One of our Holsworthy  PCSOs, Emma Tomkies, has recently become the Devon liaison officer for the Devon & Cornwall Police Horse Watch scheme.  This is a similar scheme to Neighbourhood Watch, but is aimed at equestrian properties, yards and horse owners.  The scheme shares information, advice and also creates groups of horse owners and enthusiasts together, for local information sharing.

For more information contact:

or contact Emma direct at:  or via 101.

How to keep your horse and equipment safe:

Don’t make it easy for thieves. All you need are some good security measures, most of which are inexpensive, and you can do yourself.

  • Mark equipment using your postcode followed by your house number or the first two letters of your house name, for example EX1 5DB 14 or TR1 4BS CH. This is your unique code that pinpoints your address from all others in the country. Mark it
  • Firmly stamp your unique code into the leather, using a light hammer or mallet and metal dies that can be bought from most suppliers of engineers’ tools.
  • Keep a detailed inventory describing all your valuable tack and the serial numbers.
  • Secure saddles and bridles to their racks with chains and padlocks.
  • Fit good quality mortice locks to doors.
  • Fit bars or grills to windows.
  • Reinforce wooden tack rooms internally with a steel plate or mesh.
  • Keep the tack room door closed so people cannot easily see what is inside.

Click here to view the Horse Sense leaflet