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Attempted Theft of a Horse

Alert message sent 13/06/2018 15:36:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

Sent on behalf of Forth Valley Police Division

Please be advised of the attempted theft of a horse from a stables (Outbuilding) in the Stirling area on Tuesday 11th June, 2018.


You should remain vigilant at this time and consider additional visual checks on your animals.  Should you see anyone or anything suspicious at outbuildings containing animals please contact Police Scotland on 101 or 999 in the case of an emergency.


Here is some additional security advice:



Some precautions to be considered are:

  • An alarm if possible and security lighting. Low level lighting is a good deterrent and can be run from solar or battery power where mains electricity is not available.
  • Preferably do not leave valuable tack at remote sites. Where this is unavoidable the tack room should have a good strong door and frame with appropriate bolts and padlocks. If the door is weak consider a security grille. Attaching weld mesh to the inside of windows is a simple means of discouraging this means of entry. Inside it is worth considering a high security tack safe just in case the thief manages to get through the outer defences.
  • Display signs declaring that your property and animals have all been security marked.


  • A microchip can be implanted in the animal's neck. In the event the horse is stolen the microchip can be detected with a transceiver. Your veterinary surgeon can usually offer advice on microchipping. Other simple precautions include ensuring field gates are securely locked with appropriate chain, padlock and hinge lock. Do not leave head collars or ropes in the field, they will make it easier for the thief to walk away with your horse.
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