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West Mercia Horse Watch are now on Twitter.  Follow us @WMHorseWatch to keep up to date as it happens.

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*****TRAILER WATCH LAUNCHED*****

HORSE WATCH NOW HAS A TRAILER WATCH SCHEME AVAILABLE FOR A £1.50 DONATION.

UPON RECEIPT OF REGISTRATION & DONATION YOU WILL BE ISSUED WITH A WEST MERCIA HORSE WATCH SECURITY SKIN THAT MEASURES 80 x 35 mm.

**Please note, if you wish WMHW to mark the skin for you with UV, please advise what details you require**

THIS IS A SIMPLE PRODUCT MADE OF A HIGH POLYMER MATERIAL THAT PROTECTS UV MARKINGS, YET SHOWS AN ELEMENT OF TAMPER AS THE SKINS FRAGMENT INTO TINY PIECES WHEN REMOVAL IS ATTEMPTED.  THIS HELPS POLICE IDENTIFY POSSIBLE STOLEN ITEMS.

SIMPLY MARK THE CLEAR (UNUSED) AREA IN UV WITH ID NAMES, POSTCODE ETC.  THEN PLACE YOUR SKIN WHERE YOU WANT IT ON THE TRAILER / HORSEBOX OR OTHER ITEM.  THE UV MARKINGS ARE PROTECTED WITH THE SKINS, MAKING IT EVEN MORE DIFFICULT TO REMOVE, AND CAN BE CLEARLY SEEN USING UV TORCHES.

DON’T WANT TO USE UV?  NO PROBLEM, MARK YOUR ITEM WITH YOUR CHOSEN PRODUCT (CREMARK FOR EXAMPLE) AND PLACE THE SKIN OVER THE TOP OF THE OVERT MARK TO PROTECT IT.

DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM FROM OUR FB CLOSED GROUP POST ATTACHMENT OR SEE THE ‘DOWNLOAD’ SECTION ON THE WEBSITE SHORTLY.

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*****IMPORTANT FOR THOSE SIGNED UP TO THE HORSEWATCH SCHEME AND RECEIVE EMAIL ALERTS*****

Changes are being made to the way that West Mercia Police communicate via our current email alert system.

The new system called the Community Message Service, hosted via the West Mercia Police & Warwickshire Police websites will streamline and improve the timeliness of information to our watch scheme community. Anyone interested can apply and sign up, and being part of a registered Watch scheme is not necessary. Signing up to the new alert scheme will mean you receive timely, localised information of interest, crime prevention advice or warnings of criminal activity.

The exact date the system will go live has yet to be decided. However, all current members of the existing alert system will be contacted in due course. In order to fully test the sign up registration process we are inviting people to sign up in advance of a formal launch date.

We would like to invite those people registered to receive Horse watch messages to sign up for the new service by following the guide detailed below:

use the following link to register; then follow the on screen instructions.

www.westmercia.police.uk/register

Step 1: Register your email – please enter your email in the box shown on screen

Step 2: You will receive an email to the address provided in step 1. Click the link where you will be prompted to enter the unique pin that you will have presented to you via the website.

Step 3: Enter your pin and a strong password so that you can login in the future to your account. It is suggested you use a minimum of 8 characters including at least 1 capital letter and 1 special character such as “?”.

Step 4: Once you have enter and verified your password you will receive a confirmation message and then you can log into your account via the link provided.

Step 5: Once logged in you will then see a new link on the top right of “My Account”. This is where you can add information to the system such as where you live etc within the “Your Details” section.

Step 6: You will need to set up your preferences around which CMS schemes you want to receive message for, which areas (if applicable) and the frequency of messages. This is controlled via the “Email Alert Preferences” section and can be updated and amended by you as and when required.

Step 7: You have now finished the set up process for receiving CMS messages. Once you click “next” you will be taken to the final page which will provide you all of this information for you to check.

**As part of our ongoing commitment to you we will regularly (annually) review our subscribers reminding you via a link to renew your subscriptions for another year. You will be asked to log into the website using your email address and password and from here you can then renew via the screen presented.

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June News

Have you registered your details with us on our FREE microchip / freeze mark database? Details you provide will be retained by West Mercia Horse Watch and shared with West Mercia Police for the purpose of identifying ownership in incidents such as loose, stray, stolen horses. See the website ‘downloads’ section for the form to complete and return. Don’t be ‘saddled’ a victim.. www.westmerciahorsewatch.co.uk

Coming soon…!! Horse Watch is soon to launch ‘Trailer Watch’ as part of our scheme. Register your trailer / horsebox with the scheme and obtain a security skin that can be applied in a covert or overt location with your details contained, only visible under UV light. Officers carry UV torches as part of their equipment – if your horsebox / trailer is seen in suspicious circumstances or travelling at strange hours of the night, officers can make immediate checks by viewing the security skin and checking the database. Don’t want to use UV? No problem, other marking options can be used. Further information available in due course.

Do you or someone you know own or run a business? If you are interested in advertising with us please get in touch. You are able to advertise on the website itself, the facebook page and group and have opportunites to come along to and advertise at events we hold or attend. We will direct people straight to your business site from the front page of our website via an easy to see icon. Any suggestions to add? Contact us at HorseWatch@westmercia.pnn.police.uk or visit the website at www.westmerciahorsewatch.co.uk

Keep up to date with events across the area – check out the events section (under More) for details when we are near you.

Want to hold a property & tack marking session at your yard or business? Are you holding an event that you would like Horse watch to attend and offer some crime prevention advice, all weather signs, rug patches, smartwater and more? Contact us at horsewatch@westmercia.pnn.police.uk to see how we can support you.

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Trailer Watch soon to launch…

Coming soon…!! Horse Watch is soon to launch ‘Trailer Watch’ as part of our scheme. Register your trailer / horsebox with the scheme and obtain a security skin that can be applied in a covert or overt location with your details contained, only visible under UV light. Officers carry UV torches as part of their equipment – if your horsebox / trailer is seen in suspicious circumstances or travelling at strange hours of the night, officers can make immediate checks by viewing the security skin and checking the database. Don’t want to use UV? No problem, other marking options can be used. Further information available in due course.

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Check out this post from British Cycling supporting Horses on the Road

www.britishcycling.org.uk/knowledge/skills/article/izn20150106-Horses-on-the-road-0

If link does not redirect you, copy it into your search bar.

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FREEZE MARK / MICROCHIP VOLUNTARY DATABASE REGISTRATION

Horse Watch now have a Freeze Mark / Microchip Voluntary Database Registration available.
Complete the registration form and disclaimer, return to Horse Watch and have your details uploaded to the database for FREE!

Please note that police officers do not carry scanners but if your horse is scanned in the presence of an officer then a check can be made at the time to assist identification of ownership.

Form available via the website ‘Downloads’ section soon at www.westmerciahorsewatch.co.uk or see the attachment on the West Mercia HW fb closed group page.

WEST MERCIA HORSE WATCH FREEZE MARK VOLUNTARY DATABASE REGISTRATION

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IDENTITY BANDS UPDATE

After much research and debate, I have finally sourced a Fetlock ID Band made of Nylon webbing. They are durable, visible and safe to use. Each band would be embroidered with WMHW and a UNIQUE REFERENCE NUMBER that will be registered to you and the details you supply. This will be held on a database that would be shared with police in order that if your horse is found loose, the number can be checked at the scene and will allow owners to be identified and contacted immediately. This would look to reunite horse and owner rather than utilising an equine bailiff who is often used when no owner can be identified.

Placement of the Fetlock ID band: You can place your Fetlock ID band on either the cannon bone (above the Fetlock) or on pastern of your equine. Safe to wear 24/7 with approximately 32lbs breakaway, double closure hook and loop, it can be worn during all types of activities without causing movement infringements.

Small: Mini’s, ponies, small Arabians
Standard: Most all other breeds
XL/Draft: Most large breed horses/ drafts and draft X’s

Advantages:
Secure Information
Safe
Reusable
No irritation
Versatile

Benefits:
Water Resistant
Quick release
Variety of uses
No hair loss

COST: Naturally these are not so cheap as the hospital type ID bands I originally sought to use. Based on the advantages and benefits listed above, these would be a far better solution and means of ID. I would most likely look to source sizes of Standard and XL and would be priced at £20 each. We are not making a profit on these – it is an American company and prices are reduced already for us based on bulk purchase and there is also a cost to ship. We are looking at a timeframe of 8-12 weeks from placing the order.

Is this something that you feel would benefit you as members? The real benefit is having your unique number allocated against your details on a WMHW database accessible by police in times of need!

An idea of if these are worth it would be welcomed. Thanks all!

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Horse Watch welcomes a new sponsor

We are pleased to welcome a new sponsor to Horse Watch: Solar Technology International.

They have four products that provide solar powered solutions for equestrians:

1. SolarHub 16 & 64 – Provide bright indoor LED strip lighting for stables, tack rooms and outbuildings. (Winner of the BETA International Innovation Award 2015)

2. SolarMate Secure Professional Security Light – a motion activated security light for year round use, perfect for the stable yard, outside a tack room.

3. SolarMate Arena Light – Provides outdoor lighting for maneges. They are taking pre-orders for this product which will be available a little later this year. (Winner of the BETA International Innovation Award 2016)

The real benefit in all the above is that they are simple to install and use and do not require an electricity supply, which makes them perfect for countryside locations where no grid power is available.

Take a look at their website www.solartechnology.co.uk for more information.

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Frequently Asked Question

Horses have been placed on land I own without my permission. What can I/the police do?

Abandoning horses on public/private land without the permission of the land owner is known as ‘fly grazing.’ If this happens, the police must be notified of this within 24 hours and the owners have up to 4 days to reclaim their horses. (previously it was 14 days).

Before taking action to remove the horses, you should enquire whether your neighbours or anyone locally know who the animals belong to. If, after the 4 days nobody reclaims the animals, the land owners have a much wider range of options as to what to do with them. Though they can still choose to sell them at auction, they can also choose to re home seized horses privately or to charities, sell them privately or as a last resort they can have the animals humanely euthanised . Any excess money will remain recoverable with the owner.

You will be responsible for the control and welfare of the animals during the time that they are detained on your land and will need to make sure that they are fed and have access to water. If there is no water supply in the area where the horses are, or you have any other concerns regarding the welfare of the animals, you should raise your concerns with the RSPCA.

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