Horse riders are being asked to help police fight the rising levels of rural crime by becoming horse rangers.
Sussex Police has invited Mid Sussex residents with a passion for horses to join its campaign to stop the crime in its first initiative of this sort in Sussex.
The pilot areas are Bolney, Warninglid,Twineham, Hickstead, Albourne, Pyecombe, Poynings, Fulking, Hurspierpoint, Sayers Common and Hassocks.
Crimes include theft of tractors, agricultural equipment, quad bikes and livestock. According to NFU Mutual, for the first time, equestrian equipment is featured in the top ten items most commonly targeted.
Sussex Police’s inititive poster states: “As a member of the volunteer Sussex Equine Rangers you will be out eyes and ears in the countryside and contribute to the police’s efforts to reduce these crimes, by reporting suspicious activity or people and raising issues or concerns with your local Neighbourhood Policing Team.
“Sussex Equine Rangers is a community venture supported by Sussex Police and the Police Crime Commissioner...
“Your local Neighbourhood Team will provide you with crime and intelligence bulletins about which they are seeking assistance in much the same way that Neighbourhood Watch and Farm Watch volunteers do.
“In addition, as a Sussex Equine Ranger you will receive branded kit for you and your horse.
“This initiative is a first for Sussex and is a great way for you to help reduce rural crime while doing what you enjoy most.”
Applications are open until August 10, for launch on August 27.
For more information and an application form email firstname.lastname@example.org
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