Police say no evidence of thieves using stickers to target dogs in Warwickshire

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Police are keen to reassure the public that various stories circulating on the internet warning that thieves are placing stickers on houses to indicate that there are dogs inside suitable to steal, are believed to be untrue.

There is no current evidence to indicate that this has occurred in Warwickshire or surrounding counties but, we want to be proactive and advise/ remind dog owners of how best to protect their pets.

As the weather gets warmer and people start to spend more time outside, Warwickshire Police are taking the opportunity to remind dog owners of some basic advice:

· Ensure your pet is microchipped - particularly useful if your dog runs off and gets lost

· Don’t leave dogs unattended in the street

· Don’t leave them alone in a car - particularly when the weather starts to warm up

· Ensure your garden is secure and don’t leave them alone for long periods of time

· If you keep them outside, make sure your property and kennels are secure

· Always keep them on a lead when walking near roads

· Ensure your dog is fully trained to come back to you before you let it off the lead

· Don’t allow your pooch to run free near roads or in built up areas

· Don’t allow it to run free near farm animals

· Don’t let it become a nuisance or danger to other people or animals

Very occasionally dogs are reported stolen under a variety of circumstances and owners should always be vigilant . If you see any suspicious activity, vehicles or people - but not postings on social media - please call the police on 101

If you see a crime in progress, always dial 999.