Suffolk Police are warning pet owners to take extra care after seeing a number of dog thefts this year.
There have been 12 confirmed cases where dogs have been stolen within the county this year, and all bar one of the incidents involved the theft of dogs that would be classed as working gun breeds.
Security measures to prevent thefts include good quality locks and lighting, while consideration should be given to CCTV.
Owners are advised not to leave dogs out in open gardens and yards when they are not at home and, if possible, they should be brought into the house overnight.
Anybody with any information regarding the theft of dogs or other pets is encouraged to contact Suffolk police by phoning 101 or by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.