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Pet Theft Is On The Rise: How Can I Keep My Dog Safe?
Posted on June 20, 2017 8:42 AM by Max Video
Categories: Home Security
According to the American Kennel Club, dog theft is on the rise. The reasoning behind dog theft is complex, and whether or not pets are being stolen for the ownership of the thief themselves, for breeding purposes, or for dog fighting is unknown. And for those homeowners who work during the day, the risk of pet theft may be higher since, according to the FBI, burglars are more likely to enter your home between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the working day.
 
You can't always be around your dog in order to protect them. Fortunately, there are ways to protect your dog in the event of a burglary and to reduce the risk of pet theft.
 
  • Keep your dog on a leash
    Unless your dog is in the fenced privacy of your own backyard, they should be on a leash at all times. While it may be tempting to let your dog run free or let them trot along behind you while you bike, being off-leash puts your dog at risk for being stolen by thieves with a getaway vehicle.
  • Don't leave your dog unattended
    Because of their loveable nature and tendency to get into trouble when left alone, dogs have often been compared to children. And like children, you shouldn't leave your dog unattended in the yard. Be sure that you can see your dog at all times in order to keep them safe and to be aware of any passersby that may be showing more interest in your canine than usual.
  • Be wary of strangers
    It's one thing for a person to ask to pet your dog and ask if they can do tricks. It's another for a person to ask about their specific breed and any additional details that may be otherwise unusual. Strangers that show a strange amount of interest in your dog may be a potential thief looking to gather information when you're not paying attention. Therefore, be careful what questions you answer to be sure not to let your dog out of your sight around people you don't know.
  • Place home surveillance cameras around your house
    Houses that don't have a security system are more likely to be broken into. However, even if you have a security system in your home, you may not be able to give the police any details if you don't have home surveillance cameras. Home surveillance cameras can grab information about the thieves that enter your home should they make it past your front door. Police will then be able to use this information such as what the thieves look like or what car they were driving in order to catch them more efficiently and return your dog to you should they ever be taken.
As a dog owner, it's your responsibility to protect your pet at all times. Keep your dog on a leash when out in public and monitor them when they're in the yard or when you're not home utilizing a home surveillance system. These tips will keep your dog happy, healthy, and safe from pet theft.

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