Rutland police reassure residents that no dogs have been reported stolen this year
Police officers from Rutland have sought to reassure residents over dog thefts.
In a message posted on Twitter, the force said there had been no reported thefts of dogs this year in the Rutland area.
It comes amid rising concern over the crime.
In the post they said: "Local officers are fully aware of the concern our local Rutland residents have around the fear of dog thefts.
"We accept that groups are sharing information from neighbouring force areas where this despicable crime has or is taking place.
"As a team we would encourage any Rutland residents that have been a victim of this crime to come forward and report it us using the correct reporting methods.
"For clarity it is important to inform the public that as an area (Rutland), we've not had any reported thefts of dogs this year.
"Our four legged friends are part of the family and we will treat any reported (directly to us) thefts as such."
It comes after a survey showed residents were concerned about the crime.