Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

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Dog Theft Warning

Protect your pooch


This is an important message from Cambridgshire Police following a national rise in dog thefts and a number of attempted burglaries across the north of Cambridgeshire.

Between 16 and 23 February, there were several reports of attempted burglaries and concerns around these being a precursor to dog thefts.

Nationally there has been an increase in reports of dog thefts, however we have been made aware of incidents and concerns regarding potential attempted dog thefts across north Cambridgeshire, in particular the Thorney and Whittlesey areas.

We are urging residents across the whole county to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us. Social media can be a great platform for providing information but it is extremely important this information is passed to us and not just shared on the internet.

Advice on how to best protect your pet from thieves:

  • 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

If you have information about a stolen dog or suspicious behaviour, you can report it via our webchat service or by calling 101 if you do not have internet access.

For more advice, visit our dedicated dog theft information page.

Green Dog Walkers During Covid-19

All the events we had planned for this year are on hold while the Covid-19 restrictions are in place. In the meantime we hope you continue to enjoy walking your dog. Among the many benefits is that you will receive a good dose of daily sunshine (weather permitting). There is no doubt that sunshine boosts your body's levels of Vitimin D. There is a growing body of research that indicates that good levels of vitimin D will help reduce your chance of catching Covid-19 and if you do it seems it will reduce the worst effects. 

We hope to continue with the next phase of our efforts to encourage cleaning up after all dogs as soon as we are able. In the meantime thank you for taking the pledge and helping to make our environment better for everyone.

Increase in Dog Thefts

Due to an increase in reports of dog thefts and attempted dog thefts, we are offering advice around crime prevention and home security. 
We would encourage you to be vigilant and cautious of suspicious people or markings seen around addresses, as well as cold callers and if you are approached by strangers while out on a dog walk. 

Read more: Increase in Dog Thefts

Puppy Scam

If you are seeking to purchase a puppy, be warned that fraudsters continue to advertise high value puppies for sale, yet it is nothing but a scam.

This is not a new type of fraud, national media attention and Action Fraud data from 2012, has highlighted how the crime has cost UK victims in excess of £1M.


Read more: Puppy Scam

Whittlesey Green Dog Walkers

Whittlesey Green Dog Walkers Banner
Whittlesey Green Dog Walkers now has over 180 dogs registered. Leaflets are available from The Council Office in Peel House and Parkers Newagents. You can also download and print the information and application forms using the links below.

We are asking all dog walkers to support our scheme, which is free to join, and is part of a national community-led programme aimed at helping to reduce dog fouling and encourage responsible dog ownership.

Please try to encourage your friends and neighbours to join too!

What is Green Dog Walkers®?

Green Dog Walkers® is a scheme adopted by over 40 councils across the country. We have joined this scheme as it offers a proven, non-confrontational and friendly way to change attitudes about dog fouling and encourages responsible dog ownership. We know that fines and legislation are not an effective solution to the problem,. 

Most importantly, the Green Dog Walkers® scheme acts as a reminder to others that they need to pick up after their dog has fouled and keep them under control. By acting responsibly you can show the minority who let everyone in our community down the right way to deal with dog fouling. 

In return for signing our Pledge, you will receive one of our Whittlesey Green Dog Walker dog tags to display on your dog’s lead or collar and a roll of doggie bags as a thank you for helping to make our campaign a success.

Whittlesey Green Dog Walkers are the role models for responsible dog ownership and the green tag will be a way of showing everyone that you have taken the pledge and that you are a responible dog owner.

How to Join

The joining forms and information are available from the council office in Peel House and Parker's Newsagents. They can also be downloaded using the links at the top of this article. There is no cost for joining and you can applying for a Whittlesey Green Dog Walkers tag for each of your dogs. You can return the completed forms to the council office.