Rise in home and dog thefts.

Due to a rise in thefts and attempted thefts of dogs, South Cambridgeshire Police are offering prevention and home security advice.
Be vigilant and cautious of suspicious people or markings seen on or near homes, as well as cold callers and if you are approached by strangers about your dog.
Report such activity, with descriptions of them and their vehicles, via our website https://bit.ly/331ZSbB or by calling 101 before sharing on social media and local watch groups.
Our advice…
🐶 Ensure your dog is microchipped and registered with up to date information, along with a collar and dog tag (use your surname and your contact number only)
🐶 Take plenty of clear photographs of your dog, especially of any distinctive markings
🐶 Never leave a dog unattended in the garden, car or outside shops
🐶 Don’t give details of your pets, location or your favourite walking spots on social media
🐶 When out, always know where your dog is.  Be mindful of anyone who may be trying to distract you or attract your dog’s attention
🐶 Avoid leaving dogs in outside kennels if possible, if not make sure the kennels are alarmed
🐶 Ensure all gates are locked at top and bottom with a shoot bolt and padlock. Consider fitting a gate alarm as well
🐶 Make sure your garden boundaries are secure so no one can get in or pull your dog out and to ensure your dog cannot escape through any gaps
🐶 Don’t buy dogs from social media sites or any person where appropriate documentation cannot be provided. Always view puppies with their mum in their home environment.
🚨 Consider driveway alarms and CCTV which will alert you of intruders immediately
📺 For more rural locations, consider https://uwatch.co.uk/  a great multi-purpose security device that does not require Wi-Fi or additional lighting
After reporting a dog to us as stolen, notify your local authority dog warden and the microchip database provider immediately.
It’s also encouraged to advise http://www.Doglost.co.uk  who can offer help, support and advice.