Volunteer on Horseback Lyn Krebs has been part of the scheme since October 2015, after hearing about it at the Suffolk Show the year that it was launched.
Lyn said “Having heard about this on TV and read about what was intended, I thought it was an excellent idea as we ride out anyway…it is no trouble just to be aware of what is happening around you. Anything we can do to help the police in the excellent work they do has a feel good factor, and the more eyes and ears they have, can only be a good thing.”
Lyn finds that it is also a great way to chat to other members of the community, telling them about the scheme and what she is doing.
“They are usually very friendly and interested to talk…most people are drawn initially by the horse”, and it is a great way of being a presence in the local area and also a potential deterrent to any criminal activity.
“I have learnt to be more aware of my surroundings and I have encouraged friends to be volunteers also”. Lyn rides out with others who have also joined the scheme, therefore providing a watchful eye in their local area.
“It has made me feel a bit more useful in society, looking out for anything unusual or out of place and reporting them through. It also seems to bring the community together as they recognise us with a smile or a wave”.