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Dog Watch is an Essex Police led scheme. The aim is simple: it is to encourage Dog owners and walkers to be the additional eyes, ears and paws within the community and be part of the extended policing family.

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 the dog.

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 owners also have the opportunity to report anything suspicious whilst walking further afield on days out, or whilst out and enjoying the countryside.

How does Dog Watch work?

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, such as listed below.

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 / vehicles
  • Graffiti / vandalism
  • Nuisance vehicles / speeding
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Fly-tipping
  • Dog fouling
  • Hare Coursing / Poaching
  • Dog related incidents
  • Abandoned Vehicles

Dog Watch also encourages responsible dog ownership locally and in the countryside.

Join Dog Watch

When you sign up as a member you will receive by email:

  • Regular reports about dog related incidents including dog thefts, from throughout the county
  • Members recommendations for good dog walks
  • Crime Prevention advice
  • Other useful dog related safety advice

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 www.doglost.co.uk

  • As a member of Dog Watch you are asked to:
  • Find out more about DogLost UK at doglost.co.uk
  • Keep an eye out for suspicious activity whilst walking your dog
  • Report any concerns to police via 101 the non-emergency number or online at essex.police.uk or via 999 if it is an emergency or a crime is in progress.
  • Report fly-tipping and dog fouling hotspots to the local authority for the area

To join Essex Police Dog Watch, please return the completed form overleaf by post to:

Essex Watch Liaison Officers, c/o LPSU, Essex Police Headquarters, PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6DA

You can also send it via email to:
[email protected]

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Reporting incidents

Firstly, do not put yourself in harm's way. For crimes in progress or if life is in danger, always call 999.

You can use our live chat service any day between 7am and 11pm or report crime and anti-social behaviour on our website.

Or, for all non-urgent crime call 101.

For anonymous reporting, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org

What we might need to know

  • Report the incident as soon as possible
  • Include information such as incident location including landmarks or your phone’s GPS location. You can use the free What3Words smartphone application to pinpoint your location anywhere in the world to a 3 metre square with three words.
  • Provide as much detail as possible about what you have seen and heard, such as descriptions of persons seen, vehicles (including make, model, colour, registration, direction of travel)
  • Any dash cam footage or photographic evidence

Doglost UK

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 www.doglost.co.uk