Police remind horse owners to secure equipment following thefts
Kent Police is reminding horse owners to ensure riding equipment is securely stored and marked following two high valued burglaries in west Kent.
The first burglary was reported to have happened between 8.30pm on Thursday 8 June 2017 and 8 am on Friday 9 June 2017 at a farm in West Farleigh, Maidstone.
An outbuilding was broken into where a number of saddles and bridles were reported stolen from within.
Another burglary was also reported at 2.25am on Tuesday 13 June 2017 where 30 saddles and 30 bridles were reported stolen from a farm in Staplehurst.
Padlocks used to secure the gate and the outbuildings were broken off in order to gain entry.
Owners of horses and horse equipment can help to prevent theft by ensuring all tack and horses are secured and where possible tack is not visible and is stored out of site.
Good quality CCTV is also a useful deterrent and can help to identify suspects should the worst happen.
Property should also be marked and where possible photos taken to help identify any stolen equipment.
Kent Police Sergeant Darren Walshaw of the Rural Task Force said: ‘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 so it is really worth looking them up online to find out more.’
For advice on how to help keep horses secure visit https://www.kent.police.uk/advice/rural-crime/livestock-and-horses/
Anyone with information about the burglary in West Farleigh can call Kent Police on 01622 604100 quoting crime reference YY/15195/17. Anyone with information about the burglary in Staplehurst can quote crime reference YY/016178/17.
Alternatively contact Kent Crime Stoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.