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|Every year horses
and equine equipment worth hundreds thousands of pounds - but an emotional
and sentimental value that cannot be quantified - is stolen in Hampshire.
"Specialist" thieves target stables and other rural premises where they know security might not be so tight and where it is less likely that someone will be around.
They know that there is a strong possibility that what they steal cannot be personalised by the real owner.
As a response to this problem Hampshire Constabulary is spearheading a Hampshire Horsewatch scheme in a bid to cut this tide of thefts and heartache for the owners of horses.
The scheme's aim is to offer advice and guidance to all those involved in equestrian pursuits - no matter how large or small their roles might be - on the best was to ensure they don't get an unwelcome call from the equine criminals and how best to protect their equine property.
This official Hampshire Horsewatch Website which is part of the NFED, provides advice on cheap and simple crime prevention measures that horse and stable owners could take to protect their property.
Hampshire Horsewatch is managed by a committee of volunteers and works in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary. The direct link with Hampshire Constabulary is through a scheme created called Equine Liaison Officers. These officers are drawn from police officers and police staff who have a direct interest in horses and who can relate to the needs and requirements of the equine community. All the officers undertake the role on a voluntary basis and their involvement is in addition to the regular duties.
Until his retirement in April 2009 DI David Collings undertook, in a voluntary role, the responsibility of Force Equine Liaison Officer. In retirement he is continuing with this role, again in a voluntary capacity. He has also taken on the role of Hampshire Horsewatch co ordinator, which is also a voluntary role.
The operative word within the title of Equine Liaison Officer is "liaison". These officers will in the main liaise between colleagues and the equine community. If their duties and designated roles permit they may become involved in equine investigations.
The principle aims and objectives of the Hampshire Horsewatch are to prevent and reduce the incidents of Equine related crimes.
Additionally members of the Horsewatch will strive to improve on the awareness of crime issues in conjunction with the Hampshire Constabulary.
The Hampshire Horsewatch is a member of the National Horse Watch Scheme, known as UK Horsewatch Alliance, covering the majority of counties in England, Wales and Scotland. The Alliance web site is www.ukhorsewatch.org.uk
The Hampshire Horse Watch is within the South East Region of the Alliance
set up, following the national police regions. The South East region
consists of Surrey, Essex, Kent, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Bedfordshire,
Thames Valley, Hampshire.
At County level the Hampshire Horsewatch consists of a Committee which includes a Chairperson, vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary and Media officer, Web site manager. Additionally Regional co ordinators and Equine Liaison Officers can attend Committee meetings.
At local level, directly beneath the County structure, Hampshire Horsewatch is arranged into five Regions. Local Horsewatch schemes are organised by local communities under the support and help from Regional and Local co-ordinators.
Message from Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary Andy Marsh
In May 2011 Hampshire Constabulary launched Country Watch which became its flagship in promoting rural policing in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Rural policing in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is an immense task with at least 90% of the area being countryside.
Policing the rural areas cannot be the
task of the police alone. To keep the communities within towns and countryside
safe requires the help and assistance of the community at large. Communities
are the radar for the police. Communities can provide information from
which the police can act.
Hampshire Horsewatch plays an important role within the community and supports the police. In Hampshire there has always been police support for Hampshire Horsewatch through the Equine Liaison Officer scheme. Both groups, working voluntarily, strive to promote crime prevention within the equine community as well as improving communication and the flow of information between themselves and the Police. This endeavour goes beyond the county boundaries with both schemes being involved in the UK Horsewatch Alliance.
Equine related crime still remains relatively low within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and this is a reflection on the continuing work on promoting crime prevention and deterrent measures within the equine community.
As Chief Constable for Hampshire Constabulary
I am pleased to recognise the commitment of Hampshire Horsewatch and
Equine Liaison working as one team to provide a service not only to
the equine community but also supporting rural policing through Country
Click here to view the Horsewatch Area map.
Download the complete Hampshire Horsewatch brochure.
Click on this logo
Download the complete new member pack.
Includes: New members newsletter, Police Equine Liaison Officers list, Co-ordinators list, Co-ordinator application form, Donation form. All in MS Word format, downloaded as a Winzip file. Click Here 342kb
Hampshire Horsewatch & New Forest Police Equine Liaison Contacts
MembershipWhy join Horsewatch?
The aims of Hampshire Horsewatch are:
There is no membership fee for joining but a donation to Hampshire Horsewatch to assist with administration costs would be welcome (cheques made payable to Hampshire Horsewatch).
Click Here to submit your membership Online
Click Here to download the membership form.
Please print & post to:
To Please print and post to:
Fleet Police Station
13 Crookham Road
Please mark envelope "Horseswatch"
Some of the downloads are in PDF format.
World Horse Welfare WHW (ILPH)
Connecting the central southern equestrian community.