Monday 14 March was the launch of the national Pet Theft Awareness week.
Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Nelson launched a survey earlier this week looking into pet theft in the county. The survey aims to help provide intelligence to the Constabulary to tackle dog theft.
Last year Gloucestershire Constabulary was the first police force to use DNA to help tackle dog thefts. The scheme, known as DNA Protected, uses a DNA marker system that has been developed for forensic analysis to help investigate criminal cases involving the theft of dogs.
DNA Protected products are available to the public to purchase on our neighbourhood engagement vehicles which travel around the county.