The Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens will join the Rural Crime Team tomorrow (Thursday 5 March) at one of several events to mark the forcewide launch of Horse Watch.
Avon and Somerset Police have already signed up more than 1,200 people and livery yards to Horse Watch and they receive regular alerts about crime prevention, stolen property which might be offered for sale and any intelligence Avon and Somerset Police can share about suspicious activities.
There is also a Facebook page with more than 2,000 followers to share the information even more widely.
As well as signing up more people to Horse Watch, the Rural Crime Team and rural beat officers will be offering security and crime prevention advice, as well as free tack marking to anyone bringing their saddle along to help deter thieves or help return stolen property to rightful owners.
Sgt Stuart Williams of the rural crime team said:
“I’m delighted we’re able to launch Horsewatch for the entire force area with 1,200 people and livery yards already signed up after it was successfully created in North Somerset some years ago, and hope we’ll sign up more.
“The strength of schemes like Horsewatch is built on the number of people who join so we can receive information from them, pass it on to other members and work together on crime prevention.”
One of the features of the launch is a recruitment drive for volunteers from amongst Horse Watch members to help with administration of the scheme.
Rural Crime Team and local beat officers will be at:
Thursday March 5:
11am-2pm Countrywide, Wylds Road, Bridgwater, TA6 4BH
10am-1pm Mane Event Saddlery, Pylle, BA4 6TA
10am-4pm Murphys Saddlery, Hewish, BS24 6SG
2-3.30pm C.J. Puddy Saddlery, Marksbury, BA2 9HN
3-7pm Badger Livery Yard, Badger Street, Taunton TA3 5AZ
Members of the Wellington Beat Team will be visiting equine establishments in the Wellington areas between 10am and 6pm.
Friday, 6 March
11am-4pm Countrywide, North Street, Crewkerne TA18 7AD.