POLICE are urging horse owners to be extra vigilant as part of a crime prevention drive in the Ribble Valley.
PCSO Di Bioletti, who runs Ribble Valley Horse Watch, has produced a series of information sheets which give horse owners advice on stable, horse, tack, trailer and wagon security as well as road safety.
The officer will be visiting yards to give advice and will be offering a free tack marking service. She is also offering to microchip saddles for £9.39 – the cost of the microchip, which is less than half the commercial cost.
This comes as part of Ribble Horse watch which aims to raise awareness about security and general safety issues.
PCSO Bioletti said: “With the showing season already under way it is a good time to remind horse owners to check on the security of their tack, stables and vehicles. A lot can be done to deter thieves and to keep valuable equestrian equipment safe.
“Don’t forget to keep your tack and equipment secure when you are at shows and events. Lock your vehicle and put ramps up, even if you are only away for minutes. Take a wheel clamp with you to secure your trailer, mark your vehicle with a post code and have an immobiliser and/or alarm fitted. Never leave tack in a vehicle overnight and ensure it is parked under lights or automatic intruder security lighting.
“Keep your stable yard secure by fitting locks and security devices and ensuring that everyone on the yard locks up and activates devices. Be vigilant and keep valuables in a locked tack room. Keep wheelbarrows out of sight and locked away if possible – they provide a good form of transport for thieves to remove your tack and saddles across your fields.”
Anyone who sees anything suspicious or who has any information about crime can contact police on 0845 125 3545 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.