HORSE owners in Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire are to benefit from a new specialist anti-crime initiative.
Warwickshire Police has teamed up with equine owners in the region to launch the ‘Horse Watch’ scheme.
People who sign up to the free initiative will receive email alerts from police officers relating to horse and rural related incidents in their area.
In addition, a horse website has been launched for anyone with an interest in horses which includes a daily log providing details on equine crime in Warwickshire and bordering counties.
Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police, Andy Parker, said that teamwork was key.
“I am delighted to give my full support to Warwickshire Horse Watch,” he said.
“It is important that both the police and horse owners work together to tackle equine crime.
“Horse Watch enables us to do that and the new website will increase the information and advice we can provide together for horse owners throughout the county.”
One of the first groups to sign up to the scheme was Exhall and Bedworth Riding club.
As revealed in the Nuneaton News, thieves targeted the established group to steal £4,000 worth of jump equipment.
“Exhall and Bedworth Riding Club committee came to us straight away so we could get alerts out,” explained Carol Cotterill, chair of Warwickshire Horse Watch.
“To help them and other local clubs we have put together a cime prevention advice sheet specifically for riding clubs.
“We are constantly reviewing incidents and our crime prevention advice on the website so that we can help people as much as we can.”
Click onto www.warwickshirehorsewatch.co.uk for details.