Police increase foot patrols in Sheffield parks to deter dognappers
Police have been pounding Sheffield streets and parks to deter dognappers.
Police teams in Wincobank Firth Park and Shiregreen have been upping foot patrols to deter dog thieves seen hanging around in parks looking to steal dogs from their owners.
A police spokesman said: “This is all part of our aim to increase the visibility of Police officers and to get into the places that we cannot go by car.
“In our patrols we have included Firth Park park and Concord Park due to reports of males seen hanging around looking to steal dogs from their owners taking them on walks.
“With the pandemic we have seen a rise in the price of pets and thefts of dogs has increased nationally as more people are wanting a canine companion.
“We will continue to carry out foot patrols going forward and if you are out walking your dog, feel free to say hello.
“We all love dogs and are more than happy to have a fuss and a quick chat, sticking to social distancing guidelines of course.”
South Yorkshire Police have confirmed dog thefts have risen over the last few months and social media sites have been flooded with reports of alleged incidents and suspicious people and vehicles said to be prowling the streets.
Police advice to owners includes never leaving your dog tied up unattended, ensuring your pet is microchipped and the registered details are up to date, and not allowing strangers to have their photo taken with your dog.
Dog walkers have been advised not to post details online about their pets and walking schedules.