4 March 2021 PCC calls for public support for national dog theft survey Suffolk’s PCC, Tim Passmore is encouraging Suffolk residents, particularly dog owners, to take part in the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners (APCC) survey, designed to understand public perception of dog theft, enforcement and the prosecution of offenders. The Home Secretary is currently reviewing the issue of pet theft and what future enforcement may look like with potentially tougher penalties for perpetrators. The responses to this survey, which is accessible through the Suffolk PCC’s website, will help inform the discussions that PCCs will have on this issue nationally and allow police forces to better understand the public’s views on this crime and how they might improve their response to these concerns. Demand for dogs as pets has increased during the coronavirus pandemic. The cost of some puppies is currently as high as £3,000, making them a valuable commodity to criminals. According to Dog Lost, the UK’s largest lost and found dog service, it is estimated thefts have risen by 250 per cent, with criminal gangs involved in many cases. Suffolk’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore wants local residents to take part in the first national consultation on this very topical issue. “As a dog owner myself I find it very upsetting to hear that this crime is on the increase. I would encourage everyone to have a look at the survey and share their experiences of this growing problem. “It is so important we do all we can to protect our pets. The Constabulary’s website has some useful advice to protect ourselves and our pets from becoming victims, so please take a look and hopefully help reduce this terrible crime.” The 60-second survey will be open until 5pm on Friday 12th March. To take part in the survey go to: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/dogtheft.