Countywide: Operation Re-unite, dog thefts
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We’ve launched a new operation to tackle dog thefts, re-unite stolen dogs with their owners, and make it harder for thieves to steal them
Op Reunite is our response to intelligence concerning illegal breeding and organised dog thefts and is being led by our Rural Engagement Team.
We will look to initiate new cross-border practices with our neighbouring forces to track down thieves, and we have a dedicated officer to deal with incidents of dog thefts.
To date, we have held 10 events aimed at dog owners to explain the benefits of Dog Watch.
Chief Inspector Terry Balding, Rural Engagement Team explained,
“We will be holding more events to meet pet-owners to encourage them to join Dog Watch.
“The scheme works in much the same way as other Watch schemes and calls for dog walkers to contact the police or partnership agencies to report suspicious activity or concerns they may come across while out walking their dog.”
Further events will be advertised on local police teams’ social media accounts. They’re free to attend, so just come along.
Anyone who has information about dog thefts or where a stolen dog may be found should call us on 101.
Crime prevention advice:
• Keep your dog safe, lock all gates to your garden and repair any fence holes. Do the same with outdoor kennels.
• Consider outdoor security, such as CCTV covering your garden.
• Never leave your dog secured alone, outside a shop.
• Consider microchipping your dog so it can be traced back to you.
• Take photos of your dog on its own and from various angles to help identify your dog if you need to.
• Take photos of you with your dog to help prove ownership.
• Don’t buy dogs from social media sites or any person where appropriate documentation cannot be provided.
• Don’t give details of your pets, your location or your walking locations on your social media accounts.
• If your dog is missing and you believe it has been stolen, report it on 101 or online.
• If a crime is happening now, call 999.