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Dog Theft (14182/17)


With your help, we plan to piece together the most accurate picture of dog theft instances across the UK, allowing us to better understand the problem on a national level.

With this in mind; could you please provide me with the following information?

  • How many dogs did your Police force report as stolen in 2017?
  • For those dogs reported as stolen in 2017, what breeds were they in each case?
  • For those dogs reported as stolen in 2017, what was the age of dogs in each case?
  • For those dogs reported as stolen in 2017, where were the dogs when they were taken? E.g. from the home, garden etc.
  • For those dogs reported as stolen in 2017, how many dogs were later recovered and returned to owner?


Please find attached our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.