A PCSO from Holsworthy was recently announced as the Devon police co-ordinator for ‘HorseWatch’.
The scheme is supported by Devon and Cornwall Police and the Devon and Cornwall community watch association.
The new Devon police coordinator is PCSO Emma Tomkies, the co-ordinator for the Cornwall area is PCSO Jenny Hosking, who is based in Hayle.
PCSO Tomkies said of her new role: “I have vested interest in becoming the HorseWatch co-ordinator as I have been a keen horse rider since the age of four.
“I know how much time, effort and money it takes to look after a horse, and want to provide horse owners and lovers with a way to be more aware of security surrounding their horse, yard and equipment.”
The HorseWatch scheme, which operates in a similar way to the neighbourhood watch, is run for and by members of the equestrian community.
Members will be able to directly influence the dissemination and collection of information about equestrian related issues to prevent and deter crime.
PCSO Tomkies said: “Some of the questions I like to ask horse owners are: Could my horse or pony be easily identified by someone who is not familiar with it? Say for instance a police officer or HorseWatch member?
“How soon would I notice my horse or pony to be missing? The sooner we are alerted to a missing horse, the more likely we are to locate them.
“If I accidentally locked my car keys in my tack room, how easily could I gain access to them if I desperately needed to do so? If someone else wanted the high value tack inside, they could get in exactly the same way.”
PCSO Tomkies said the benefits of the HorseWatch are increased prevention and detection of equine related crimes; increased community engagement between individual members, the police and other equine related groups.
There are HorseWatch signs available to ward off any opportune thieves and make them aware that the property is part of a vigilant equine community.
The scheme offers free tack marking and security advice for a yard, with access to police recommended security items.
Members will have access to Devon and Cornwall Alert, a two way community messaging system operated by Devon and Cornwall Police and will also receive advice on how to register a horse, property or tack and to search for details of stolen property before buying equipment.
PCSO Tomkies added: “It is very easy to become a member, and is all free. Just contact me.
“I am also very interested in attending any shows, groups or sales that you think would be relevant for my role, so please let me know.”
To contact PCSO Tomkies call 07718 575465 or 101 or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit HorseWatch’s Facebook page ‘Devon and Cornwall Police HorseWatch’