February 3, 2021 1:59 PM
A new report from Neighbourhood Watch warns dog owners that the soaring price of pets during lockdown has led to an increase in dog thefts.
Any dog owner will understand how devastating this can be, especially if you live alone. Sussex Police Rural Crimes Team have launched 'Operation Collar' to try to tackle the problem.
They recommend the following action to protect dogs from being stolen or lost:
- Ensure your pet is microchipped and registered with up to date information.
- Ensure your pet has a collar and name tag, using your surname rather than the dog's name. Include your phone number.
- Take plenty of photos of your pet (who doesn't!).
- Don't leave your dog unattended in the garden, car, or outside a shop.
- Review your social media settings and limit any information about your pet or regular walks.
- Keep a close eye on your dog if off its lead while walking, and beware of anyone trying to distract you.
- Take extra precautions if your dog is kennelled outside, including CCTV.
- Ensure your garden gates and fences are in good order and secure.
- If you believe your dog has been stolen or you are concerned about suspicious behaviour, report it to Sussex Police online, or by calling 101. If you have information about dog theft or puppy farming contact the Police, or the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111