To reduce the risks of becoming the next dog thief victim......
Property markings - look out for markings on your property, if you
find any, take several photos ideally showing the date/time, then remove
the marking. Contact your local Police to report the incident, make
sure you get a log number.
2. Be vigilant and cautious of suspicious individuals and vehicles while at home or out walking.
Cold callers - be polite but do not entertain them. Official callers
normally make appointments prior to door step visits. If you are not
expecting a caller, we suggest you turn them away and request they make
an appointment via your registered contact info.
Social Media - so much information can be given away from a totally
innocent post. Do not use check ins, do not post photos of your dog/s
on a walk giving out locations. Make sure your profile settings are
switched to friends and family only. Also if you are looking to hire a
tradesperson, please do not post photos that show your dog/s.
Identification - make sure your dogs are microchipped and that your
contact information is current and not out of date. Tags are still a
legal requirement, add a tag to collar but dont use your dogs name, use
your surname only with a valid phone number.
6. Neuter - entire dogs are more attractive to dog thieves.
7 - Photographs - take plenty of photos of your dogs from all angles and showing distinctive markings, scars etc.
- When on walks be observant of where your dog is. Be extremely
mindful of anyone trying to distract your attention from your dog or
anyone trying to attract your dog away from you.
- Kennels - if you have no alternative but to use home kennels, then
make sure they are secured and alarmed, padlocks alone will not keep
your dogs secure.
- Garden safety - ensure that your boundaries are secure and in a good
state of repair so that no one can gain entry or pull your dog out.
- Garden gates - fit good quality padlocks, use shoot bolts at the top
and bottom of the gate. You could fit to your gate a bell or alarm.
12 - Driveways - consider installing CCTV and other devices that will alert you to activity via your mobile.
Do not leave your dogs unattended in gardens
Do not leave your dogs in parked carsDo not leave your dogs tied up outside shops