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Horse Watch

We work closely with the equine community through its members and volunteers to help keep them informed of any horse or rural related incidents.

This process is supported by the Horse Watch Scheme.

Aims of the Horse Watch Scheme

  • To reduce local opportunities for rural crime.
  • To reinforce the community spirit so that everyone can contribute towards the protection of their horses by mutual co-operation and communication.
  • To introduce early warning systems in the equine community.
  • To improve the intelligence flow between the equine communities and the police.

How the aims are achieved

  • Text, email and landline voicemail alerts for members of the community.
  • Intelligence gathered by Police on all equine-related crimes and suspicious incidents.
  • Visits from local PCSOs.
  • Crime Reduction Officers can offer advice on securing property and, under certain circumstances, will visit farms to conduct a crime prevention survey.

Benefits of the Scheme

  • A reduction in crime and the fear of crime impacting on the community.
  • Suspicious people and vehicles can quickly be reported to the police and other members of the equine communities.
  • Information and advice can be quickly and efficiently circulated between the police and the community.
  • A crime vigilant community, in partnership with the police, will create a safer environment.

Join the Horse Watch Scheme

To join the Horse Watch Scheme or to find out more information, email ruralandwildlifeunit@avonandsomerset.police.uk.

Suspicious activity should be monitored and recorded discreetly and reported to us quickly and accurately.

Get to know our Rural Affairs Unit

Our Rural Affairs Unit work with rural communities to help reduce crime. Find out more about our Rural Affairs Unit.

Immediate danger

Where a serious crime is in progress, do not attempt to confront the suspect by yourself. Call 999 immediately and wait for the police to attend.

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