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New Horse Watch scheme to protect horse rugs in Uttoxeter

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: March 29, 2014

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UTTOXETER horse owners will be better protected against equine rug thefts with a new partnership.

Staffordshire Horse Watch, led by Uttoxeter PCSO Lucy Hadfield, and Warwickshire Horse Watch have teamed up to launch a new rug label which allows owners to mark their rugs.

With reports nationally of rugs being stolen from tack rooms, retailers and the horse’s backs in their fields and stables, the two groups said they felt a solution was needed to deter theft and make the rug unique to the owner so it could be easily identified if stolen.

The label is made from waterproof reflective material which means it can be easily seen day or night and shows that the rugs owner is in a police supported watch scheme.

The design allows owners to record a postcode or unique reference number on the label so the rug can be traced back to the owner.

The two Horse Watch schemes have previously worked together on other projects, including the development and use of a leather stamp which is used to stamp tack with the Horse Watch logo to show they are registered watch members and make the tack harder to sell on if stolen.

PCSO Hadfield said: “The label has many benefits, which combined with its low cost, mean it is affordable for all horse owners. Staffordshire has seen a number of rug thefts recently and we are pleased to be able to provide an initiative that can help tackle this problem.”

More information is available on the Staffordshire Horse Watch Facebook page.

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