Although not common, animals and pets do get stolen under a variety of circumstances.
Remember that your animal may be the most valuable possession that you own. Would you take more care of your other possessions than you would your dog or horse?
Owners should always be vigilant and follow basic security advice:
- ensure your pet is micro-chipped. If your dog runs off and it is found, you can be easily traced as its owner. If your dog is stolen, when it is taken to the vets, they will discover that the dog is chipped and you will be identified as its rightful owner
- don't leave dogs unattended in the street
- don't leave them alone in a car - particularly when the weather starts to warm up
- ensure your garden is secure and don't leave them alone for long periods of time
- if you keep them outside, make sure your property and kennels are secure
- always keep them on a lead when walking near roads
- ensure your dog is fully trained to come back to you before you let it off the lead
- don't allow your dog to run free near roads or in built up areas
- don't allow it to run free near farm animals
- don't let it become a nuisance or danger to other people or animals
If you need advice on safe-guarding your premises and your property, please contact your local police, either by calling 101 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you see any suspicious activity, vehicles or people please call the police on 101
If you see a crime in progress, always dial 999.
Stray dogs should be reported to your local council's dog warden.