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Whenever possible you should try and report ONLINE - Report a crime | Wiltshire Police
We encourage reporting “attempt dog thefts” or suspicious activity so we can take the appropriate action to carry out necessary patrols and collate intelligence

If you cannot report online, please call 101. Only call 999 in an emergency.

Crime reports:
Crime No


14/08/2021 21:00
Unknown suspect has climbed over the gate into the IP's rear garden. Suspect has then reached into a secure run and stolen the IP's dog. It has been confirmed the dog could not have escaped. Female Jack Russell - mainly white with a stumped black tail. Animal is chipped to IP address.
Ashton Keynes

22/08/2021 13:36
Unknown male has tried to open the boot of a car to steal a dog. Got startled by the RP and ran off.

12/08/2021 08:45
Suspect has taken the IP's dog from the back garden and has driven off with the dog.

10/09/2021 20:15
DOG ATTEMPT THEFT - The RP was walking her dog along a public footpath.  The dog was off the lead.  An unknown male cyclist has stopped to pet the dog and then grabbed the dog by the head to lift him up.  The victim believed the male to be stealing the dog and snatched the dog from his hands.


16/09/2021 05:30
DOG THEFT ATTEMPTED - Unknown suspect has tried to coax the IP's dog into the car when she was out running with it early hours in the morning


29/09/2021 11:00
DOG THEFT - Unknown suspect(S) have taken the IPs 5 year old springer spaniel gun dog from the garden of where the IP lives and works

News and Information:
New Pet Theft Law change ( – A new criminal offence for pet abduction is set to be introduced under government plans to crack down on pet theft following a reported rise in pets being stolen during the pandemic. The new law will recognise the welfare of animals and that pets are valued as more than property. All the information can be found on the following link:
Dog Wardens – Wiltshire Council  (

 We are working closely with the Dog Warden team at Wiltshire Council to ensure stray dogs get returned to their owners as quickly as possible. If you find a stray dog please call the Dog Wardens who can scan the dog and try and reunite with its owner as quickly as possible. Where we can’t find the owner the dog is held at Bath Cats and Dogs home where they are extremely well looked after and have access to vets for any medical attention.
About half of the dogs who are taken to the kennels are claimed by their owners. Anyone claiming to be the owner must have identification for themselves and be able to prove the dogs is theirs, through vet records, medical history, chip details and or insurance information. Any dogs not claimed by owners will be rehomed by the Bath Cats and Dogs home.
Over the last year we have had 382 stray dog calls, this is lower than previous years which is great news but the figures are already starting to creep up as people start to return to work again and the last month alone has seen a rapid increase.

Working with Wiltshire Council’s Dog Wardens, Community Policing Team officers and PCSOs have access to hand scanners and can issue notices under the regulations to make sure that you and your dog is compliant. Failure to have a dog microchipped or have correct details recorded and registered can lead to a fine of up to £500 and a criminal record. So if you have moved home you need to update the chip’s records so that you can be contacted.

National Dog Trust Survey -

Some helpful advice on keeping your dog safe can be found on these websites:
Dog theft | Crimestoppers (
The Blue Cross

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