Crime is not just against property or people it can also affect man’s best friend.
Dog watch is a free Essex Police led scheme It is aimed at individual dog owners and dog walkers, and also members of the dog related service industry such as vets, grooming parlours etc. are also welcome to join.
How does dog watch work?
We provide you with weekly emailed reports about crimes relating to dogs, so that you can be aware of what is happening in your area and perhaps be extra careful when allowing your dog out in your garden or when exercising him/her at locations nearby or even elsewhere within the county.
We will also send you out topical information about matters that can affect your dog’s health and also perhaps your personal security.
Dog owners and walkers are familiar with the area in which they reside and have the opportunity to spot anything out of place or suspicious whilst walking their dog. We simply ask that if you do see something suspicious, or possibly a crime in progress, that you report it to the Police as soon as you can.
Dog walking takes place at all times during the day, during early evening and late at night, and it is during these times that suspicious activity maybe noted.
Dog Watch helps by improving communication between owners/walkers and the police who have a keen interest in helping to reduce and prevent crime and help to keep the areas in which you live, work or visit, cleaner and safer places to enjoy.
You may note the following whilst walking the dog, and are encouraged to actively report any concerns:
Suspicious activity or vehicles
Graffiti or vandalism
Nuisance vehicles or speeding
Hare coursing or poaching
Dog related incidents
Dog watch encourages responsible dog ownership locally and in the countryside.
Essex Police are working in collaboration with DogLost UK. DogLost are the UK’s largest free lost and found dog service and have reunited more than 60,000 missing dogs with their owners. For more information and advice visit their website.
Joining dog watch
If you'd like more information about our dog watch scheme, or to register your interest, please contact us.