Dogwatch is a scheme designed to help stem the rising tide of dog theft and rural crime in the Thames Valley area. Dogwatch is entirely staffed and funded by volunteers, and works to help the police and RSPCA in the work that they do.
Volunteers circulate information regarding stolen dogs to their members, as well as to Police HQ, beat officers, Dog Wardens and re-homing centres. They also circulate details of all snoopers on members’ property to members and Police Headquarters - helping to prevent rural crime, and brief members on progress in the area by e-mail as well as holding regular meetings with the police.
HELP PREVENT RURAL CRIME
A Dogwatch spokesman said: “We can all help reduce the blight that has visited us in recent times. Poachers, thieves and vandals are often presented as petty criminals - there is nothing petty about the theft of farming equipment worth many thousands of pounds. If you see something suspicious, make a report to the Police and to us and we will circulate the details to our members.”
If it is a theft or suspicious activity that might be related to dog theft, tell the operator: "please link this incident to the Thames Valley Alert System." If you prefer to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
For more information visit www.dogwatchalert.com