In the Media

Lucrative, simple, and virtually risk free: Why pet theft – or dognapping – is rising

PUBLISHED June 20, 2005

For the many who suffer, it can be almost as devastating as losing a child. And for the criminals involved, it is an easy way of making money with relatively little risk of being detected.

Dog theft is one of Britain's fastest-growing crimes, with dozens of new cases being reported each week. A large number involve "dog-napping", with hundreds and sometimes thousands of pounds being demanded for the return of a much-loved family pet.