Telford Police Plan Tack Theft Awareness Day

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Telford Police Plan Tack Theft Awareness Day

Posted: 19/05/2008 16:24:59

Telford Police have confirmed that plans are now almost complete ahead of a Tack Theft Awareness Event that they will be holding early next month.

The event will take place at Telford Saddlery and Equine Supplies in Long Lane on Saturday 7th June in an attempt to raise public awareness about a recent increase in the theft of horse equipment.

This event was initiated by Telford’s Safer & Stronger Communities Partnership, who have also sponsored this event. David Wall, Principal Crime Reduction Officer at the Safer & Stronger Communities Partnership, said:

“We are grateful to Telford Police and Telford Saddlery for the hard work they have put in to organise this event.

“This type of crime is not new, and previous experience has shown that initiatives such as marking tack has a positive impact on reducing thefts overall in stables across the Borough.

“I have no doubts that if the horse and pony community work with us and the Police in this initiative it will deter potential thefts from now on.”

The event will showcase a number of anti-theft products that will be available to view and purchase on the day. In fact, 50 ‘SelectaDNA’ kits will be given away free to the public, while any additional kits sold on the day will be available at half the normal price.

PC Fred Jones, Telford Police’s Crime Risk Officer, said:

“‘SelectaDNA’ is a revolutionary product that is one of the most secure forensic marking systems available today. It comes in liquid form as a safe, non-toxic water based adhesive with a unique forensic code.

“Property can be marked with the liquid and it is virtually impossible to remove. Any traces of the liquid will then be shown up under an ultra-violet light and, because of the unique forensic code, the property can then be traced back to its rightful owner. Therefore, it goes without saying that this liquid can also link offenders to specific crimes too.

“As well as SelectaDNA being on offer on the day, plenty of experts will also be on hand to share general crime prevention advice. Members of various Local Policing Teams will be attending the event alongside Brad Milburn, Telford Police’s Anti-Social Behaviour Officer, and myself.

“Members of Telford Police’s Neighbourhood Watch and Rural Watch Schemes will also be attending to offer their input on crime prevention issues.

“The event will run from 11am until 3pm and we would encourage as many people as possible to attend on the day. It will be great opportunity for the public to learn how they can protect their property from potential offenders.

“We have noticed an increasing trend in this type of burglary since the turn of the year and would like to make the public aware that they should to be on their guard.

“Between 1st January and March 31st 2008, 32 tack thefts were reported across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. This compares to a total of 21 incidents between 1st April and December 31st last year and demonstrates a worrying growth in this type of offence.

“More than £80,000 of equipment has been stolen across the two areas during the past 12 months and on only one occasion has equipment been recovered in relation to an offence. That is why we are so keen to warn the public to be vigilant about this type of theft.

“With this in mind we would encourage people to take every precaution possible to protect against this type of crime. As with any property, we would encourage people to always ensure that their property is secure when they leave it for any period of time and that they never leave doors or windows open or unlocked.

“We would also like to warn people against buying riding equipment from someone they do not know or from anyone who is unable to prove where the equipment came from.

“If anyone does become suspicious about someone who is offering to sell them riding tack, please contact the police so we can investigate whether the property is being sold illegally.”

Anyone who believes they may have information about any incidents of this nature, is asked to officers at West Mercia Constabulary on 08457 444 888. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For more information about this event please feel free to contact PC Fred Jones on 08457 444 888, or Nicky Singleton on 07973 540 098


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