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Advice to stable owners following break-ins in the north of Hampshire

Alert message sent 15/04/2021 13:08:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

We’re urging stable owners to be vigilant and take precautions in light of some break-ins we’ve had recently in the North of the county.

Between 6 April and 14 April we have had reports of horse stables being broken into in the Eversley area of Hook, as well as in the Blackbushe area. We’d encourage you to spread the word to any friends or relatives who have stables outside of these areas too.

During these incidents, miscellaneous items such as riding helmets and tack equipment have been taken.

These incidents are in addition to reports of various farm buildings being broken into across the Hook area in the last three to four weeks.

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the wider circumstances around these incidents and who is responsible, but in the meantime we’re encouraging stable owners to take precautions that will make it more difficult for thieves to get hold of your goods.

So what can I do?

On a very basic level – make sure everything is locked up securely! We have had incidents where certain doors have been left unlocked, offering an access point for potential intruders.

As a more detailed addition to the above, to better secure your yard and stables we would encourage you to consider the following:
  • secure tack room windows on the inside with solid iron bars (not tubular steel)
  • secure all doors with good quality locks; use bolts (not screws) on the hinges
  • if possible, create a physical barrier across a door. If you are an owner of heavy plant machinery then you could consider parking this in front of a door to block off access to any valuable equipment.
  • mark your tack using an ultraviolet pen – perhaps write your post code on your tack with the UV pen.
  • display warning signage advertising CCTV in the area to deter thieves
  • padlock gates with substantial padlocks and heavy duty chains
  • reverse top hinges on gates to prevent lifting
  • install security lights and an intruder alarm
Why not check out our dedicated rural crime prevention page on our website for further information on all aspects of rural crime: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rc/rural-crime/rural-crime-prevention/#tack

If you’ve been a victim of crime, please call us on 101 or make a report via our website reporting tool.

Dial 999 in an emergency or if a crime is in progress.
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Jack Backwell (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire Corporate Communications)

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