Police are warning dog-owners to be extra-vigilant following a rise in the number of thefts reported across the county in recent weeks. Since May, there have been 17 incidents of dogs stolen from homes and kennels in Cambridgeshire, and this reflects a rising trend nationally, linked to an increase in the prices charged for dogs and puppies.
Dog owners are advised to:
- Keep 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 there are no places where dogs or 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 sound when someone opens it
- Purchase a driveway alarm so you are alerted to any visitors, these can also be used in rear gardens
- 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 it’s stolen and then found.
- Report dog theft to police straight away.
Anyone with information about a stolen dog, or suspicious behaviour, can report it to police on 101 or online at cambs.police.uk/report.
If your dog is stolen then it’s vital to report it to police but also consider:
- Reporting the theft to your local authority dog warden and notify your microchip database provider.
- Reporting the theft to doglost.co.uk or their Facebook page as they co-ordinate thefts for each county and offer advice and support.
Advice on the police site at https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/dogs-targeted-by-thieves-across-the-county-1