Keeping horse stables safe has become more of a priority in recent years, as more crimes continue to get reported each month.
It’s not just opportunistic thieves that you have to be careful of nowadays – there’s organised groups who specifically target horse stables.
Why? Because they know equestrian equipment has a high resale value. And stables are often easy to break into.
For criminals like these, nothing looks more appealing than a stable without adequate security.
Don’t let it be yours. Follow these security tips and stop criminals in their tracks!
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Install CCTV Cameras
A well-designed surveillance system is is the most effective way to protect your horses. But the key emphasis here is on it being well-designed.
Standard CCTV cameras won’t do much in the way of stopping a crime being committed, as it will just capture footage. But a bespoke designed surveillance system for your stables can provide:
- Real-time alerts to your phone anytime the scene changes
- 24/7 protection
- 4K night vision quality to make sure nothing gets missed
- Easy to access live view footage on your mobile phone
And much more. If you’d like to learn more about our horse stable security systems, click on the button below.
Install Motion Sensor Lights
Motion sensor lights are great for drawing attention to the area being broken into during the night (when most criminals strike) and work as a good deterrent.
The simple act of lights switching on when criminals approach has been enough to scare them off in some cases, as it gives the impression that the stables are protected.
Another added bonus to having motion sensor lights is that they make it easier for neighbours to see what’s going on too. Meaning they can alert you or the police in the event of break in.
These are as effective as the motion sensing cameras that send real-time alerts to your phone that we just looked at, but they are a good option if budget is a concern and you still want to give off that “we’re protected” presence.
Set Up Fencing
Organised gangs often come equipped with tools to dismantle a fence, but opportunistic thieves don’t. This makes installing a fence a great way to keep them out of your horse stables.
We all know fences aren’t exactly guaranteed to keep people out, but it definitely makes it harder for them to get in.
Metal fencing is often very easy for people to break through using a simple pair of wire cutters. But wooden fencing can prove to be a lot more difficult (as long as the panels aren’t easily lifted up).
Another thing worth considering is an electric fence, as they are completely legal in the UK and can give the bad guys the shock they deserve for trying to mess with your horses!
Install An Alarm System
Burglar alarms are another option you should consider when thinking about the security of your horse stables.
Even a cheap alarm can work as a great deterrent and attract the attention of everybody in close proximity.
However, these aren’t as effective as the modern “smart alarm systems” that can send alerts to your phone. These work in a very similar way to our surveillance systems, with the main difference being that you don’t have the 24/7 CCTV recording, and you can’t quickly check your cameras in live view to see what’s going on.
This can be a real inconvenience during the night if your alarms are over sensitive, as it will require you physically travelling to the stables to check for intruders, instead of checking your live cameras on your phone and then either going straight back to sleep or dialling the police (depending on what you see).
Ensure All Equipment Is Secured
Unlocked doors, open windows, weak padlocks etc are all very attractive to thieves looking to make a quick buck.
It should become standard procedure that all equine equipment is locked safely away at night and all potential entrances are secured.
It’s also worth checking all padlocks on a regular basis for any rust or other damage, as they will likely weaken with age.
And of course, never leave any valuables on display. Leaving expensive tack or mounts in the public eye is like inviting thieves to the challenge – so keep them out of sight.