Warwickshire Horse Watch is a partnership scheme between Warwickshire Police and horse owners around the county. The scheme, which was awarded the Best Community Crime Fighting Scheme in 2013 by NFU Mutual Insurance, has over 4,000 members who receive advice and alerts from the police messaging system and social media links.
Occasionally there are incidents when riding clubs are targeted and equipment has been stolen. Finding there was no particular advice for clubs Warwickshire Horse Watch put together a crime prevention advice sheet specifically to help riding club committees and put it on their award winning website www.warwickshire-horsewatch.co.uk.
Following funding received from the Chief Constables Property Fund, which supports the good work of voluntary groups and charities around the county, Warwickshire Horse Watch can now provide printed copies with a poster for the entry caravan and property marking pens to help the clubs start marking their equipment.
Chief Constable, Martin Jelley said “I am very pleased to support this proactive group who are always looking at ways to help horse owners and help prevent equine and rural crime.”
The British Horse Society and British Riding Clubs heard about the initiative and were impressed by the advice and support given to clubs. Andrea Jackman, Regional Manager for the West Midlands for the British Horse Society said “We are really pleased to support Warwickshire Horse Watch’s initiative to help riding clubs and centres to protect their property.
Laura Sanger, Manager and Head of British Riding Clubs said “This is a fantastic idea and we are delighted that riding clubs will be able to benefit from this scheme”.
Carol Cotterill, Chair of Warwickshire Horse Watch said “We are really grateful for the support we receive from Warwickshire Police, both from the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Ball. It allows us to constantly look at ways to help horse owners including providing gate signs, free tack marking and crime prevention advice sheets. When we found out that there was no information to help clubs we wanted to put something together that would help them look at ways to protect their equipment.”
Clubs can either print off a copy of the advice sheet from the groups website – www.warwickshire-horsewatch.co.uk, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the clubs details and the Riding Club crime prevention leaflet, Warwickshire Horse Watch poster with UV and permanent marker pen will be sent to them in the post.
For further information contact:
Carol Cotterill, Warwickshire Horse Watch at email@example.com or 07787 151848
Helen Blake, Corporate Communications, Warwickshire & West Mercia Police at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01789 444748
Andrea Jackman, British Horse Society at email@example.com or 02476 840722.