A recent spate of dognapping – including pop star Lily Allen’s English bull terrier in 2007 – has left many British dogowners fearing for the safety of their pets. Help keep your dog safe from theft by following the advice below, including how to get extra peace of mind with pet insurance from Direct Line.
Research on dognapping from Direct Line Pet Insurance reveals that almost 1 in 20 dog owners who have lost their pet (four per cent) believe it was stolen and more than a third (39 per cent) say they are worried that their dog will be snatched. This comes following of several high-profile cases of dog theft including Liz Hurley’s puppy, Emily, and Engelbert Humperdick’s German Shepherd, Charnie. Since the report came out, other cases have highlighted the issue, including the theft of pop star Lily Allen’s English bull terrier from the back of a van.
Since the survey was taken, just under half (48 per cent) of those who took part have fitted their dog with a microchip to make sure they can keep track of their movements. Others are taking more traditional precautions, with a quarter of owners (22 per cent) admitting they never let their dog off the lead for fear of them being snatched and 13% never venturing out with their pets after dark. So are these precautions extreme and what is the best way to prevent your canine friend being stolen?
According to Dog Theft Action, a charity committed to highlighting the issue, helping reunite owners with their pets and lobbying the Government to make dog theft a crime in its own right, the recommended measures are:
If your dog is stolen, you must report this to your local authority and welfare centres (in Scotland this must be reported to the police), and then contact your local dog warden. There are also groups such as Dog Lost and Animal Search UK that can also help you trace your pet.
On top of automatic cover for vet’s fees, our Advanced and Essential pet insurance policies both offer additional cover for advertising and reward if your pet is stolen, strays or gets lost, up to £1,000 which is inclusive of a reward up to £200. We also offer cover for reimbursement of your dog’s purchase price if you lose your pet through theft, straying or death due to accidental injury, up to a limit of £1,500. In the event of a claim, some terms and conditions apply. If your dog is lost or stolen you must report this to your local authority and welfare centres (in Scotland this must be reported to the police). You can find more details of these in our pet insurance policy documents online.
Avoid leaving your dog open to theft. Make sure it is safe and fully protected by following our security guidelines and investing in pet insurance from Direct Line, for assistance should the worst happen. Apply for a quote and buy online today and we’ll give you an instant discount.