If show equipment is stolen it could mean having to cancel your event so it is important that you take security measures to try to protect your equipment.
Show equipment, such as jumps, unless marked and recorded in an inventory are very difficult to trace or prove ownership of if they are stolen.
We recommend that you follow the advice below to review your security arrangements. If a theft does unfortunately occur, our guidelines will also help to improve the chances of your equipment being returned to you.
- Look closely at the perimeter of the field/show ground as if you were a criminal wanting to steal equipment. Where are the weak points? Identify these and take action to strengthen them
- Ensure all fencing is adequate and secure
- Make regular checks around the perimeter to make sure it is secure. Ensure that nothing seems unusual or out of place. Offenders will sometimes make an entrance and then cover it up so that they can return later
- Have a second inner gate at your entrance where possible
- Invert and cap all gate hinges so that the gates cannot be lifted off
- Use good quality padlocks with covers so that they cannot be cut off
- Ensure all fixing bolts cannot be removed
- If a gateway/entrance is not being used for a long period of time, e.g. during the winter, ask the owner of the field if a temporary obstruction, such as a locking post or boulder, could be placed in front of it
- If possible use CCTV and sensor lighting
- Put up signs around the perimeter stating that all property has been security marked
- Contact a member of your local dedicated neighbourhood team and provide them with details of the club and an emergency contact
- If there are any houses near to the ground, introduce yourself and ask them to keep an eye on the field. Provide them with contact details so if they see something suspicious they can contact you so that you and ask them to also report it by calling 101
- All equipment should be marked, photographed and recorded in a log from the cheapest item to the most expensive. We recommend logging all equipment on a property registering system such as Immobilise, which the police use to identify stolen goods if found. You could also keep a personal log using a General Property Record Form
- Take photos where relevant
- After each show make sure that you put all of your equipment away
- Make sure that equipment is stored in a secure area, preferably a container or secure compound
- Ensure that storage areas are locked when not in use, even if you are only leaving them for a short period of time
- Wherever possible store equipment away from any road or right of way
- Jumps, including poles, fillers, wings and cups should be marked with either the initials of the riding club and the postcode or with the full name and postcode. Permanent markers pens or paint (oil based) are cheap ways of doing this. Always mark a sample area first to ensure that it works on the relevant surface and cannot be wiped off
- Dressage boards, gymkhana and showing equipment should also be marked
- If you have expensive items such as timing equipment or tannoy systems, these should be marked with a property marking solution or UV pen. Mark them with either the initials of the riding club and postcode or with its full name and postcode
- You could use a forensic marking system such as SmartWater. If you use one of these kits, put signs up advertising this around the perimeter, as this can be a deterrent to thieves
- Where possible do not leave expensive equipment at the show site
Tractors and implements
- If your club has a tractor or implements such as harrows, a roller or leveller, look at the possibility of storing them at secure premises
- Alternatively, make a secure area and fence it off, or place an obstruction at the entrance so it is not easy to remove the equipment
- Do not store items where they are visible from the road or rights of way
- Consider recording them on the National Plant & Equipment Register or with [Immobilise](http://www.immobilise.com "Register your equipment on the Immobilise website (External link)".
- Mark all property with visible markings using a marking solution, e.g. paint with the postcode and club initials
- Consider a tagging security system, tracker, immobiliser or wheel/steering lock system
- Keep a log of equipment and record the chassis number and any other differentiating numbers or markings. Also take a photograph of the vehicle
- Avoid storing equipment in a caravan. If this is not possible, close the curtains and put items out of sight
- Fit a security alarm. Basic shed alarms and window alarms are cheaply available and act as a deterrent
- Put the club initials and a postcode on the roof or on the side of the caravan; this can be done with paint or label kits
- High security door locks with cylindrical keys are more effective than the standard variety
Always report incidents to the police
Policing is determined by the National Intelligence Model, which is driven by reported incidents and recorded crime. If an incident is not reported to us, we will not know there is a problem, we cannot help you or gain information on the crime. There may be a pattern of similar crimes which will not be identified or acted on if they are not reported. If you are a victim or witness to a crime please call us on 101 or if there is a crime in progress call 999 providing as much information as possible.