Police invite horse owners to mark their tack

Horse owners in North Yorkshire are being invited to an event to help protect their property from would-be thieves.

Saddles are commonly targeted by thieves. 

Saddles are commonly targeted by thieves. 

In conjunction with North Yorkshire Police, The Catterick Garrison Saddle Club in Richmondshire are hosting a tack marking service on the 5th February, which will see tack made from leather and metal marked using ‘dot peen’ technology.

Dot peen marking indents objects with dots to create a permanent and visible number, which is then stored on a national database. It’s hoped that the initiative will act as a deterrent to criminals and give horse owners peace of mind.

PCSO Eric Corfield, of Catterick Garrison Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “It’s really important to be vigilant and take steps to protect any high-value tack.

“Marking items of tack is one of the most effective crime deterrents. Criminals will see the permanent unique number, and know immediately that the equipment would be too difficult to sell on. If the worst happened and you were targeted, we are much more likely to be able to trace marked property and return it to you.”

The tack marking event will take place on Sunday 5 February from 9.30am to 2.30pm at Catterick Garrison Saddle Club. For more information, contact richmondshirepropertymarking@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

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