Dorset's 'Horse Watch' hopes to stop equine related crime.
11:04am 27th April 2013
(Updated 7:27pm 27th April 2013)
Rural thieves beware; a scheme called Dorset's Horse Watch wants to tackle all equine related crime.
People have been known to steal items from hay and horse rugs to the horses themselves.
Wessex FM caught up with Julie Pearson from the Dorset Police, who helps run the group, at the Rural Crime Prevention event held at Kingston Maurward yesterday (26th April).
Julie told us, "Basically it is the same sort of thing as Neighbourhood Watch, if there's any suspicious activity or incidents it goes out onto a thing called a Ringmaster, and that goes through via telephone, and it can go to emails or mobile phones, and you can keep an eye out. Really it's just a case of letting people in the whole county become aware of what's been going on in the area, we also offer all kinds of bits of advice."
Julie continued to give an example of the advice on offer, "Currently hay is quite expensive and people are having hay stolen. But if you cut the strings on your hay, if that's feasible, that prevents your bales being stolen. We give advice on things like that, really simple things, but they can secure your horses and horse tack, hay and things."
To find out more head to the Dorset Police Horse Watch page here