Officers from the Park Gate West Safer Neighbourhoods team (SNT) are offering advice to horse owners in Titchfield.
The advice is being issued following three incidents in August where horses have been found with cut marks.
The incidents have taken place between Sunday August 5 and Monday August 13 in Fontley Road, Titchfield and Lavey’s Lane, Titchfield.
There have also been two reports of electrical fencing being damaged around paddocks overnight on Wednesday, August 8 in the Titchfield area.
Sgt Aaron Freemantle from the Park Gate West SNT said: “Attacks on horses are very rare but we always take reports such as these seriously. It is important to establish whether a crime has taken place and if so to take appropriate action to prevent further incidents and locate those responsible.
“I would appeal to members of the public and horse owners to report any activity they deem to be suspicious in the vicinity of horse paddocks and for horse owners to review their security.
“There is advice below for horse owners who can also make contact with their local SNT or Crime Prevention Officer for further information.”
• Take colour photographs of your animal in the winter and again in the summer, from both sides, head on and tail.
• If there is a distinctive mark or scar, take a close-up photo.
• Photograph the "chestnuts". You will then have a comprehensive record of your horse.
• Get your horse freeze-marked or have a microchip implanted.
• Ensure you have a passport for your horse. This is a legal requirement.
• If reporting a horse-related incident, please use terminology that can be easily understood.
• Ensure that your fences and hedges are in a good state of repair and do not provide easy access for the thief. Have a look around your premises and ask yourself if it could be made more secure.
• Hampshire Constabulary has an active Horse Watch scheme which provides advice on crime prevention measures http://www.nfed.co.uk/horsewatch.htm