A spike in thefts of dogs has been reported, with a 65% rise in cases since the beginning of lockdown in March. This has raised concerns about home security during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The spike in thefts of dogs comes during a time when people are spending more time with their pets and highlights a concerning trend towards the targeting of certain breeds, according to the dog reuniting service DogLost.
From 23rd March to 1st June, DogLost reported 48 stolen animal incidents, up significantly from 29 the previous year. As police figures report the theft of pets as stolen property it is believed that the real figure could be as much as twice this figure.
As people spend more time at home, pets have become more desired, and with that comes the motivation to steal. With more burglaries taking place, it is more important now than ever to take steps to protect yourself, your home and your loved ones.
Make sure all doors and accessible windows are locked, even in warm weather, and make a habit of locking any entry points to your house whenever you leave.
There are even more important reasons to install an intruder alarm in Bristol or elsewhere, which depending on the system provides motion detection systems, lights, CCTV and a chime.
Make sure your intruder alarm system is activated whenever you leave and during the night and keep keys away in a safe place.
Sometimes just the knowledge that a security system is in place is enough to ward off potential burglars and protect your furry friends.