Suffolk Constabulary - Dog Thefts - Update
Dog owners have raised concerns about white chalk markings, with the marks spotted on brickwork, gates and fences at their homes. While fears were voiced on social media that the marks were being used by thieves to target homes, police have said they have no evidence to indicate this was the case.
The police have also received reports from members of the public of potentially suspicious activity, but at this stage there are no further confirmed acts of criminality since the thefts in early July.
Suffolk Constabulary is conscious of dog owners naturally being concerned following four separate dog theft incidents from Kennels in early July in the west of the county. Owners should be reassured that enquiries are ongoing to locate the offenders.
The loss of any pet can be devastating and we advise all owners to be vigilant and take extra care surrounding crime prevention measures. In particular, we would advise working dog owners and breeders to review security of any outdoor kennels.
It is also important you know the law and what to look out for when purchasing a pet and in particular a puppy. For more information please visit the RSPCA website.
These incidents are happening in daylight. If dog owners, breeders or kennel owners receive unexpected visitors that cause suspicion, officers would be grateful if descriptions, footage or images of the individuals and/or their vehicles could be reported.
Anyone with information, including on any previous incidents, is asked to contact police by calling 101 or by reporting online at http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact/existing-report-update
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org.