Dog owners are being warned to be extra vigilant and double-check their security after a rise in dog thefts.
The demand for dogs has soared across the country due to more people working from home and having extra time on their hands during lockdown.
Cambridgeshire Police are now warning owners to review their security to make sure their four-legged friends are safe and sound after the rise in thefts in our surrounding counties.
DCI Chris O’Brien said: “Dogs are often part of the family and having them stolen can be absolutely devastated.
“Whilst we are not currently seeing a rise 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.”
So what can you do to help keep your pooch extra protected?
Cambridgeshire Police have released a list of extra precautions to take:
- 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 then 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