Dog thefts halved in Lincolnshire according to police
Lincolnshire Police say cases of dog theft have halved over the past year.
Officers focused on the latest figures following a rise in concern about pet thefts.
And while they recognise any dog theft is distressing, they have released figures which they hope will reassure owners.
The latest analysis of data shows incidents are rare and reducing in Lincolnshire.
Recorded dog thefts have halved in the last year from 12 incidents from April 2019 to the end of March 2020 to six in April 2020 to March 23, 2021.
A recent survey showed that a majority of dog owners were seriously concerned about dog and pet thefts.
Chief Supt Paul Timmins, of Lincolnshire Police, said: “We understand the devastation a stolen dog can cause.
"Many of us at Lincolnshire Police are dog owners ourselves.
"Whilst it is a rare occurrence, it does happen. If it’s something that concerns you, please contact your local policing team who can provide security advice and reassurance.
“Please come to us also with any information you have that could be connected with dog thefts, and continue to report any suspicious activity or individuals in your area.
"We will investigate and act on information received in order to return dogs to their owners and bring those responsible to justice.”
In some cases dogs may be reported stolen but are actually just missing and later reunited with their owner.
Police work with the national voluntary organisation DogLost who can help if you are ever in this worrying position. See www.doglost.co.uk for and more information.
Dog theft can follow the advertising of dogs for sale so police advise caution when providing details like an address.
Follow this link for advice and further details on dog welfare.