Kent Police Warn Horse Owners To Up Security Amid Theft Spree
Police in Kent have issued a warning to all horse owners to be vigilant following two separate thefts that have amounted to thousands of pounds of tack, saddles and other items were taken in a matter of days in West Kent.
The first of the burglaries took place in West Farleigh after thieves targeted Team Tutsham, a charity equestrian centre dedicated to teaching disadvantaged children to ride between 8.30pm Thursday 8th June and 8am Friday 9th June.
The second reported burglary took place at a farm in Staplehurst, where the thieves got away with a reported 30 saddles and 30 bridles in an incident that once again amounted to thousands of pounds worth of belongings being taken.
Police revealed that the thieves had broken padlocks and forced entry into outbuildings in order to be able to get their hands on the goods that they were targeting and now police have asked for horse owners to do everything that they can to ensure that their belongings are safely locked away.
As part of the advice the police have issued to horse owners within the area, they said that owners should be looking to keep all tack and horses in a secure location, ideally out of sight and where possible in an area with CCTV monitoring.
While it is impossible to prevent all burglaries and theft of horse equipment, owners can take steps such as the above to help prevent this and to make it harder for criminals to steal and sell on equipment.
Kent Police works closely with Kent Horse Watch which offers a wealth of advice and support as well as prevention events where riding equipment can be marked. They also help to coordinate events such as freeze marking for horses.
Sgt Darren Walshaw, Kent Police Rural Task Force
Police have appealed for anyone with any possible information about the burglary in West Farleigh to contact them on 01622 604100, quoting crime reference YY/15195/17 while adding that anyone with information regarding the theft in Staplehurst should call Kent Crime Stoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 with crime reference YY/016178/17.