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Protect Yourself From Tack Thieves Stealing Your Horse Equipment

Unfortunately, tack thieves rarely take the old things off your hands. Most of the time, tack thieves steal the best there is to sell; the new, the best tack you have two offer.

In most cases, there are different kinds of tack thieves in the world.
Those who may live in the vicinity of your home or stable may snatch a saddle or two during the day, swiftly and easily when there is nobody around to watch, or when they know there is nobody at the home, taking each stable at a time in itself.

And then of course you have your interstate thieves. Interstate thieves is what the movies are made of; snatching their booty in the dead of night, and usually several of the best pieces of tack you have to offer. In many instances, these interstate
thieves strike in packs; they operate as a sort of business and hit more than one barn in a night, taking several pieces of tackle from each barn. Nobody is safe from interstate thieves; apparently few if any have an actual plan or an actual way of picking which barns to hit so most barns are at risk.

If you want to avoid the woes of the local and interstate thieves, things can be done to protect yourself. Most times they have some idea of a personís comings and goings so they know when to make their hit; tack thieves usually are not out for violence, just stealing. Be aware of who you give extensive information about your barn, stable, or horses to whether it be for business purposes or otherwise.

A good strong deadbolt lock can keep out more than you think. Many thieves are simply not willing to go through the changes it takes to pick a lock; stealing tack is supposed to be an easy thing. Also, consider the fact that dogs barking or geese squawking is an effective deterrent to many thieves as such sounds call people to investigate.

Remember; stealing tack is not uncommon; if a person comes to make an inquiry about your home or establishment, be aware of the fact that they may not have come for what they are asking you about.

Alarms have also been known to be an effective deterrent for many tack thieves. Not only does an alarm alert you and the police, but it scares a thief off as well in many cases.

In the event that you have had tackle stolen, be aware of the fact that if you were hit by an interstate ring, your merchandise could simply be gone. Many tack thieves re-sell merchandise, putting ads in the local newspaper or at markets or local sale boards in community centers and the like. Let people know that there is a tack thief about and let everybody know if you have experienced a loss due to theft. Let the police know what is going on as well, as this can help lessen the likelihood of another loss occurring, at least at your expense.

A great tip on how to discourage tackle thieves is to find a way to mark tack that belongs to you, whether it be with a type of brand or insignia or label of some sort. You need to be able to prove to a judge that a certain piece of tack belongs to you and not the thief, so be as prepared as possible, and understand that this may not be a two-week ordeal. Also, understand that unless your thief is a local one, the chance of you recovering your merchandise is slim.

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