Horse and pony owners in Cumbria are being encouraged to sign up to a new scheme to keep their animals safe from thieves.
Horsewatch has been set up by Cumbria Police. They hope it will drive down crime against the equine community.
Jenny Longden reports:
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Equestrians in Cumbria are bring advised to join Horsewatch, a scheme set up by Cumbria Police to reduce the theft of horses and riding equipment.
They will gain access to crime alerts in their area and crime prevention advice.
Nigel Sutcliffe, Horsewatch co-ordinator, explains the importance of community involvement in the scheme:
Horse and pony owners in Cumbria are being encouraged to sign up to a new scheme to deter thieves.
Equestrians who join Horsewatch will gain access to crime alerts in their area and prevention advice.
Police hope that it will reduce horse and riding equipment thefts in rural areas.
Police estimate that almost half a million pounds worth of livestock has been stolen in Cumbria in the last three years.
As we reported on Lookaround last night, the Police have launched a week-long campaign to highlight the issue - officers have been at Kendal Auction Mart today.
Our Rural Affairs Correspondent, Tim Backshall, reports.
Almost half a million pounds worth of livestock has been stolen in Cumbria in the last three years, according to Cumbria police.
The force has launched Operation Ambient to raise awareness.
They have been patrolling at Kendal auction Mart to look for stolen animals and to talk to farmers about the problem.
Many of them, like Andrew Allen, who farms near Windermere, have had livestock stolen.
Andrew Allen is a farmer from the Lyth Valley, near Windermere.
He had over 40 sheep stolen from his farm four years ago and is welcoming Cumbria Police's new campaign to tackle rural crime.
Police are at the Kendal Auction Market today speaking to farmers as part of their campaign to tackle rural crime.
The campaign also hopes to encourage local communities to get in contact with the police and report suspicious behaviour.
Over the past three years more than £400,000 worth of livestock has been stolen from the Border region.
Superintendent Gary Slater tells ITV Border about the wider problems associated with rural crime.
Cumbria Police are asking the community to help them tackle sheep and livestock thefts in rural areas.
The force have launched a week of action to raise the profile of livestock crime in rural areas.
It follows the announcement that over the past three years more than £400,000 worth of livestock has been stolen.
A crime wave of thefts is hitting farmers across Southern Scotland. Tens of thousands of pounds of equipment and livestocks been stolen in the past two weeks.
It comes as new figures show that rural crime across Scotland went up by 12 per cent last year.
However, while Scotland has an increasing problem, rural crime in England has fallen by 20 percent.
Matthew Taylor has been investigating - watch his full report below.