We all love our pets, or sometimes other people’s pet. We like to take photos and share them on social media, whether we are taking them on walks, playing with them or places we go.
In 2018 more than 2,000 were reported stolen, with more than 1,000 pinched from homes and gardens. With 117 dogs stolen in Devon and Cornwall.
A freedom of information request by Dogs trust reveal the top five breeds commonly stolen by thieves.
- Staffordshire Bull Terriers
- French Bull Dogs
- Jack Russell
Thieves target young dogs, they can monitor locations from your photos, places you go and timings.
Identifying unsecured gardens or homes can be an easy target for thieves.
Thieves use photos you post, or wait at locations to take their own photos, then upload a selection of dogs on websites for breeding for selling.
Once someone is interested in buying or breeding the dog, the thieves will try and obtain the dog at the locations they monitor.
Thieves will target certain dogs for breeding or sale.
Please be-aware when out walking your dogs by following these simple steps.
- Try to alternate routes and times when walking.
- Try to always walk with friends or family.
- Try to always stay in public places.
- When taking photos, don’t upload them to social media straight away.
- Make sure photos don’t keep identifying set locations and timings.
- Make sure your dog is tagged and has a named collar.
- Join dog walking groups or create one with friends.
- Keep an eye out for anyone suspicious.
- If something doesn’t seem right, leave that location.
- Keep your garden secured, locked and you dog is not visual outside your garden if unattended.
It is always important for you and your dog to be safe, following the 3 simple steps to reduce risk of theft.
SAFE– Secure your property and garden
SPOTTABLE – Keep them insight and trained to return
SEARCHABLE – Know what steps to take if they go missing.
For more information please read the link below to Dogs Trust be information to keep your dog safe.