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Notts Police Give Dog Owners Advice On National Dog Day

26th August 2021
Mansfield, Ashfield

Notts Police Give Dog Owners Advice On National Dog Day

Local dog owners worried about their pooches being stolen are being given some advice to stop their dogs from falling into the hands of thieves. 

The force have The UK’s first dedicated dog-theft busting police officer who has offered some crucial advice on how to keep your pet safe.

She's also challenging some well-established myths.

Chief Inspector Amy Styles Jones has revealed some key findings from her first six months in the role.

After reviewing all available data on the issue, she is seeking to highlight some very clear differences between social media myths and reported crimes.

For example, the idea that violent gangs are roaming the county’s streets looking for victims simply does not stand up to scrutiny – with only a tiny minority of all recorded cases involving the use or threat of violence.

Chief Inspector Styles-Jones said: “This is a very emotive issue and one that has had a lot of national attention over the last 18 months. As a dog-owner myself I can well understand people’s concerns and I absolutely agree that this is an issue the police should take seriously.  However, it’s also important that we focus on doing the right things and preventing dog thefts where we can".

After reviewing more than 24 months of data police now have a much greater understanding of the issue and are offering the following key pieces of advice.

Dog owners are being urged to:     

• Ensure their garden areas are safe and secure   

 • Not leave dogs unattended in their garden, car, or outside a shop   

 • Stay alert when walking and be wary of walking dogs off the lead unless they have good recall   

 • Keep all documentation relating to their dogs, and take full body photos of their pets that include any unusual markings   

 • Ensure that dogs are microchipped and that all contact details are up-to-date.

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