Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

Animal Theft

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.

 

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Dog Theft Warning

This is an important message from Cambridgshire Police following a national rise in dog thefts and a number of attempted burglaries across the north of Cambridgeshire.

Between 16 and 23 February, there were several reports of attempted burglaries and concerns around these being a precursor to dog thefts.

Nationally there has been an increase in reports of dog thefts, however we have been made aware of incidents and concerns regarding potential attempted dog thefts across north Cambridgeshire, in particular the Thorney and Whittlesey areas.

We are urging residents across the whole county to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us. Social media can be a great platform for providing information but it is extremely important this information is passed to us and not just shared on the internet.

At least five reports have included seeing a blue Audi A3 in the area of the attempted burglaries and suspicious activity, therefore we are asking members of the public to be on the lookout and report any concerns to us.

Advice on how to best protect your pet from thieves:

  • Keep an ID tag on your dog at all times
  • Lock gates using bolts at the top and bottom, along with a heavy-duty padlock
  • Ensure there are no places where dogs or other animals can escape or be pulled through, if they are left in a back garden
  • Never leave your pet in the garden unattended
  • Fit a bell or gate alarm so it makes a sound when someone opens it
  • Purchase a driveway alarm so you are alerted to any visitors, these can also be used in rear gardens
  • Make sure your dog is microchipped and their details are updated so that they can be returned if they are stolen and subsequently found
  • Avoid leaving a dog tied up outside a shop or left alone in a car, even for a few minutes
  • Take lots of photographs of your dog to prove ownership if it’s stolen and then found
  • Report dog theft to police straight away


If you have information about a stolen dog or suspicious behaviour, you can report it via our webchat service or by calling 101 if you do not have internet access.

For more advice, visit our dedicated dog theft information page.


Green Dog Walkers During Covid-19

All the events we had planned for this year are on hold while the Covid-19 restrictions are in place. In the meantime we hope you continue to enjoy walking your dog. Among the many benefits is that you will receive a good dose of daily sunshine (weather permitting). There is no doubt that sunshine boosts your body's levels of Vitimin D. There is a growing body of research that indicates that good levels of vitimin D will help reduce your chance of catching Covid-19 and if you do it seems it will reduce the worst effects. 

We hope to continue with the next phase of our efforts to encourage cleaning up after all dogs as soon as we are able. In the meantime thank you for taking the pledge and helping to make our environment better for everyone.

Increase in Dog Thefts

Due to an increase in reports of dog thefts and attempted dog thefts, we are offering advice around crime prevention and home security. 
We would encourage you to be vigilant and cautious of suspicious people or markings seen around addresses, as well as cold callers and if you are approached by strangers while out on a dog walk. 

Read more: Increase in Dog Thefts

Puppy Scam

If you are seeking to purchase a puppy, be warned that fraudsters continue to advertise high value puppies for sale, yet it is nothing but a scam.

This is not a new type of fraud, national media attention and Action Fraud data from 2012, has highlighted how the crime has cost UK victims in excess of £1M.

 

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Subcategories

Fraud, often called Scams, is the fastest growing area of crime and is often not reported.

ActionFraud is the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre.

They provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime.

Click here to download a leaflet about Action Fraud.