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Advice issued to horse owners in South and Vale

Alert message sent 05/04/2019 15:21:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


There have been reports of two incidents, the first incident occurred on Thursday 14 March and the second incident occurred between Saturday 30 March and Sunday 31 March where horses have sustained cuts to their bodies in Faringdon.

The incidents are being investigated as criminal damage.

Officers are investigating these incidents and would urge horse owners to remain vigilant and take steps to ensure the safety of their horses.

Advice for horse owners

  • Consider installing CCTV.
  • Make regular checks of the fields where horses are kept to check that fences haven’t been breached and that no one else is in the field with them.
  • Secure tack room windows on the inside with solid iron bars (not tubular steel).
  • Secure all doors with good quality locks; use bolts (not screws) on the hinges.
  • Mark your tack using an ultraviolet pen.
  • Display warning signage to deter thieves.
  • Padlock gates with substantial padlocks and heavy duty chains.
  • Reverse top hinges on gates to prevent lifting.
  • Install security lights and an intruder alarm.

Always report any suspicious activity involving livestock to the police online or via the police non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crimestoppers on their dedicated rural crime number 0800 783 0137 or via their online form.

For more rural crime prevention advice, please visit our website.

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Emma Tarry (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

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