An MP is urging his Gedling borough constituents to take part in a survey to help police crackdown on pet thefts in the area.
Mark Spencer has launched the survey and wants residents in Bestwood Village, Calverton, Lambley, Newstead, Ravenshead, and Woodborough to take part, with findings being shared with Nottinghamshire Police.
Earlier this year, Mr Spencer wrote to Nottinghamshire Police to express his concerns about supposed rise in pet theft in the County. Nottinghamshire Police have since appointed a Lead Officer to focus on the theft of dogs.
Recently, the Environment Secretary, George Eustice MP announced a new Pet Theft Taskforce. The new taskforce has been set up to gather evidence to understand the factors that may be contributing to any perceived rise in thefts and to recommend any necessary measures to tackle the problem.
The theft of a pet is an existing offence under the Theft Act 1968, with offenders facing a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.
The survey can be completed by heading to: www.markspencer.org.uk/Pet-Theft-in-Sherwood
Mr Spencer said he was concerned to hear about the rise in pet thefts in the area.
He said: “With more of us spending time at home over the past 18 months, I have been concerned to hear about the effects the theft of a pet can have on families.
“I want to work with Nottinghamshire Police to see what we can do to crack down on pet theft
“I am hoping that this survey will give us some key information about people’s concerns and perceptions about pet theft.
“I am also using the opportunity to ask my constituents whether they would like to ask a question to Nottinghamshire Police’s Dog Theft lead. I would like to encourage anyone who is concerned about this issue to fill out the survey on my website.”