The internet and social media can be a frenzy of scare stories of people stealing dogs and it is not uncommon for Nottinghamshire Police to receive calls from dog owners worried about stories of travelling criminals targeting dogs or leaving chalk marks on properties with dogs inside.
Thankfully, we don't have any evidence of dogs ever being stolen in this way in Nottinghamshire and the number of dog thefts reported to Nottinghamshire Police is actually very low.
Between January 2018 to April 2021 our data shows:
44% of dog thefts were committed by a person known to the owner, most commonly a partner or ex partner
stolen dogs were returned to owners in almost half of cases
more than one in three dogs stolen were taken from the garden
very few offences of dog theft, including attempts, saw violence being used