Recently, pet theft, particularly dogs has been at an alarming rate. It is ever increasing as each year passes by. There are some reasons why people or rather thieves engage in this malicious activity. The main one being an opportunity for quick money-a shortcut to riches.
There are other reasons for stealing dogs, though money would be made in the long run. They could be stolen for ring fights or, especially pedigree, used in breeding. For any reason, your dog is gone anyway. Here are the ways thieves could steal your dog and it might help you be on the alert.
Dogs Left Outside a Business Shop.
This may sound absurd as you cannot imagine seeing a pet tied outside a banking hall. However, most people in metropolitan take their dogs with them when they go shopping. It would be inevitable to tie it in front of the shop making it vulnerable to theft. True, you are rushing in for less than 10 minutes or so. But little didn’t you know you were being watched by a potential thief. They are always planned and can never waste such a golden opportunity. Surveillance cameras may safeguard your pet somehow but it would be rendered useless if the attacker covers their faces.
Dogs Left in the Cars.
If you leave your pet inside a car with a partly opened window, coming back to find it gone would not be a surprise. The window can be forced down or even worse, smashed and in less than a minute the dog is in the wrong hands. By the time you come back, you only have the unfortunate truth to take back home, the pet is long gone.
Strangers in your compound or in the neighbourhood can be a real threat to your dogs. They could be deliverymen, invited contractors or any other visitors. If these guys have bad motives, they will wait for you to be abstracted even for a second before grabbing your dog. Sometimes they might not steal your dog instantly. They take note of the breeds you have and study security vulnerabilities in your home. This will facilitate a break in the plan at a later time. Never leave any stranger unattended unless you trust them.
Walking with your dog in the park is common and is sometimes a good company if you are alone. You might be tempted at some point to let it run in the park to enjoy some freedom, particularly puppies. If it runs off your sight, it will only take an ill-motivated person with a vehicle to grab your dog and disappear.
This goes particularly for pedigree. A purebred dog attracts greater motivation for thieves to run away with. They only see dollar signs in such unattended dogs. No one would ever hesitate to pick up a dollar in the street.
Dogs in Fenced Backyards.
Fenced backyards can sometimes lead you to have the illusion of safety. It is never the case as police reports have indicated rising thefts of dogs in the backyards. Leaving your dog to explore the fenced yard is a good idea. However, the idea is never too good without supervision. You are just creating a huge chance for a culprit who is not just an opportunist, but someone who makes plans and calculated moves.
One of the other ways thieves could steal your dog is if you leave your gates open. No matter how strong and high your fences are, leaving your gates open or insecurely locked, will render it useless. All in all, never leave your pets unattended.