Microchip, photograph and register.
There are a number of ways that you can help protect your dogs: (some info from Glos Pol)
-Keep an ID tag on your dog at all times (your surname, mobile number and address only)
-Secure gates using bolts at the top and bottom, along with a heavy-duty padlock and gate alarm
-Never leave your pet in the garden unattended
-Purchase a driveway alarm so you are alerted to any intruders, these can also be used in rear gardens and yards
-Make sure your dog is micro chipped and their details are updated so that they can be returned if they are stolen and subsequently found.
-Avoid leaving a dog tied up outside a shop or left alone in a car, even for a few minutes
-Take lots of photographs of your dog to prove ownership if it’s stolen, pay particular attention to any distinguishing markings on your dog.
-You can also prevent theft on walks by varying walk times and locations and being suspicious of strangers who ask questions about your dog. Make a note of any suspicious, loitering vehicles. Use local whattsapp groups to share information and local Safer Neighbourhood Policing Teams to report suspicious incidents.
Information can also be submitted by completing the following online form
PCSO 6230 Emma Turner