Anti-equine crime campaign begins in Lincolnshire
Horse owners and equestrian groups are being invited to join a a campaign to prevent and reduce equine crime in Lincolnshire.
The Horsewatch scheme encourages people to take safety precautions such as marking and microchipping their horses to prevent them being stolen.
Groups can also contact a dedicated Horsewatch coordinator if they are aware of any suspicious activity.
Equipment, such as saddles, can be worth more than £1,000.
Lincolnshire Chief Constable Richard Crompton said: "I am delighted to give my full support to Lincolnshire Horsewatch.
"In a large rural county such as ours it is essential that both police and community work together to prevent equine crime and in order to do that we must be able to communicate quickly and effectively."
Additional advice includes taking several photos of horses in summer and winter so they can be more easily identified.