Those of you who keep animals need to be aware that there has been an increase in theft for some time.
There have been numerous cases of dog theft in the country and other pets are also being taken.
As the economic climate becomes even more difficult it would be reasonable to expect this trend to continue.
Owners of dogs will find some useful guidance on the Dog Theft Action web site
You could also find the following helpful (click on the picture to see the full-size posters)