We’re urging pet owners to be vigilant and review their security after reports of a rise in dog thefts in other counties.
The demand for dogs has soared across the country due to more people working from home and having extra time on their hands
DCI Chris O’Brien said “Dogs are often part of the family and having them stolen can be absolutely devastating. While we are not currently seeing an increase in dog thefts in Cambridgeshire, we’d urge pet owners to consider taking extra precautions to help deter thieves and protect your pets. You can never be too careful.”
Extra precautions include:
- keeping an ID tag on your dog at all times
- Lock gates using bolts at the top and bottom, along with a heavy-duty padlock
- Ensure their are no places where dogs and other animals can escape, or be pulled through, if they are left in a back garden
- Never leave your pet in the garden unattended
- Fit a bell or gate alarm so it makes a noise when someone opens it
- Purchase a driveway alarm so you are alerted to any visitors, these can also be used in your rear garden
- Make sure your dog is microchipped and their details are updated so that they can be returned if they are stolen and subsequently found
- Avoid leaving a dog tied up outside a shop or left alone in a car, even for a few minutes
- Take lots of photographs of your dog to prove ownership if its stolen and then found
- Report dog theft to the police straight away
Always report stolen dogs to us, as sometimes officers have been able to reunite owners with their pets.
Anyone with information about a stolen dog, or suspicious behaviour, can report it via the force’s web chat service: https://bit.ly/2D9KFKH or by calling 101 if they do not have internet access.
For more advice, visit the force’s dedicated dog theft page: https://bit.ly/3iDogWH
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