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Here are the breeds most sought after by thieves

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A charity dedicated to helping pet lovers locate their lost or stolen dogs has said a recent spike in the number of recorded dog thefts could be attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic and warned pet owners be alert to the possibility that they may purchase stolen dogs.

A UK police force recorded 53 dog thefts in 2021, down from 20 in 2020 and just eight in 2019, according to a Freedom of Information request from Direct Line Pet Insurance.

Only two of the 53 missing dogs have been returned to their owners.

Across the UK, 2,077 dogs were reported stolen from 2,760 police forces responding to the FoI request, although Direct Line Pet Insurance estimates the true number at 35.

Because of this threat to our furry friends, the experts at have compiled a list of top dog theft prevention tips and provided owners with helpful information about the crime.

The service has also listed the most common breeds targeted by thieves, which The Derbyshire Times has compiled for a gallery below.

– Practicing the recall and/or using an extended leash: If your dog is in an emergency or in danger, it is important to make sure that he responds to your calls. Try giving your dog tasty treats, as this will greatly help him remember.

– Avoid routine: This makes it harder for dog kidnapping gangs to track you down and figure out when to intercept and steal your dog.

– Go for a walk with a friend: opt for safety in numbers if possible, a friend will provide an additional witness and backup if you encounter a dog thief.

– Don’t Give Your Dog’s Name: Putting your dog’s name on their collar, harness, or ID card makes it easier for strangers to attract them.

– Be aware of your surroundings: watch your dog and avoid distractions like cell phones. Try to always have a charged phone with you and don’t wear earplugs when walking your dog.

– Be seen and heard as an owner: to let everyone know that the dog is yours and that you are constantly watching it, to deter dog food killers, open and populated areas where you can be easily seen .

– Follow your instincts: if you think someone is following you or if you suspect someone, quickly leave the area.

– Avoid location tags on social networks: this prevents thieves from discovering your address or the place where you regularly hang out with your dog.

– Extra Vigilant: Report any suspicious activity you see.

– GPS Tracking Collar: Consider investing in a GPS tracking collar so you know your dog’s location at all times.

– Beware of strangers who ask you a lot of questions: Always be wary of strangers who ask unusual or constant questions about your dog (both online and offline).

– Dog walking/kennel/grooming services: Always perform full and thorough checks to ensure they are reputable and reputable.

– Note the emergency SOS shortcuts on your phone: they can help you when you feel threatened or in danger.

– Wear an alarm device: These can help scare off attackers and attract attention.

– Refusing help from strangers: Avoid offers of help from strangers with your dog unless absolutely necessary.

– Tint your car windows: Dognappers have been known to steal canines from cars.

– Keep your dog on the side of the building: keep him away from the sidewalk.

– An adult must always be in control: make sure that children always walk dogs in the presence of an adult, as dog thieves are more likely to target those they think will be less resistant.

– Find local dog-friendly stores: to ensure that your dog should not be left outside or in the car.

– Protect your home and secure your property: think dog cameras, CCTV and video doorbells.

– Dogs are easily taken out of yards: especially front yards, so be sure to secure your yard with high fences.

– Alarm locks and gates: to prevent unwanted intruders.

– Leave a light on when your dog is home alone: ​​this can be useful in the evening to give the impression that someone is at home. Also, always turn on an outdoor light during supervised nighttime bathroom visits so you can see your dog at all times.

– Outdoor kennels should also be alarmed and locked: for all dogs kept outdoors, ensure that kennels are properly secured.

– Engrave your path or driveway: this makes it difficult for intruders to approach unnoticed.

– Test your home alarm regularly: to make sure it works.

– Lock your dog’s door when you are not using it: and do not leave the window open in the room where your dog is.

– Do not introduce new puppies online: Be careful when sharing new pets with others, puppies are especially valuable to dog sleepers.

– Unchipped puppies are more valuable because they have no ID: be very careful in protecting puppies as they are prime targets.

– Be particularly careful with purebred dogs: they are the most valuable and therefore the optimal targets.

– Neutered Dogs Deter Thieves: With some thieves attempting to steal pets for breeding, a neutered dog is less of a target.

– If you sell puppies, have another person accompany you: limit the number of people and only present them in a safe place to protect your dogs from theft.

– Proof of ownership: It is important that you have proof of ownership to ensure that there is no dispute in the event that your dog is lost or stolen.

– Keep ID collar tags up to date: Make sure your current cell phone number and other contact information is on the tag.

– Have your dog microchipped: This will be done by your veterinarian, it will be relatively painless for the dog and inexpensive. This is a legal requirement in the UK before the dog is eight weeks old.

– Be sure to take photos of your dog: remember to capture many angles and any identifying features. Also take a photo of you with your dog and before and after grooming.

– Your dog’s DNA: If you are really concerned about dog theft, consider collecting its DNA to match it later if necessary. There are services that can help with this.

Dog breeds most likely to be stolen and their average price:

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