Sometimes, a coincidence can make for very interesting results. For instance, there is a recent example of a TV reporter named Juliana Mazza who managed to recover a stolen dog while she was on the air. The whole thing started out with a German Short-haired Pointer named Titus being stolen out of a car in Cambridge, MA. Fortunately, surveillance cameras captured footage of the dog thief walking away with the dog, meaning that there was visual evidence to work with. Mazza was reporting on what had happened when she and her photographer saw a man walking a dog, which prompted her to ask him some questions. The two found the man looking more and more familiar, culminating in the realization that he and his dog were the ones in the footage. Mazza called the police, which proceeded to show up with the dog’s actual owner in tow. Something that made for a happy ending to the whole thing.
Why Has the Number of Dog Thefts Shot Up in Recently?
Interested individuals might remember a number of other news stories about dog thefts in recent times. One excellent example would be the incident involving Lady Gaga’s French Bulldogs, which received even more attention because Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot in the process. Unfortunately, the publication of these news stories is no coincidence because there has been a huge increase in the number of dog thefts in recent times. Everything can be traced back to the COVID-19 crisis. Essentially, countries that could take the economic hit chose to shut down non-essential processes, which was important because it bought precious time with which to make preparations. As a result, a lot of people were forced to stay at home for the most part. Something that produced a huge surge in the demand for diversions even as it cratered a wide range of businesses in a wide range of sectors. One such diversion consisted of pets, which saw a notable boost in popularity because of the people who now had extra time on their hands.
Please note: the dog’s name is “Titus.” We apologize for the typo.
— Cambridge Police👮🏽 (@CambridgePolice) May 8, 2021
By this point, chances are good that interested individuals can guess what happened next. An increase in demand led to an increase in prices. After all, there was now a larger number of people competing for the same number of pets, thus resulting in higher and higher prices because of the intensified competition. Naturally, various parties responded to this by seeking to provide more pets. Some parties did so through legitimate means. Unfortunately, other parties did so through illegitimate means. Dog theft existed well before the COVID-19 crisis. This should come as no surprise because a single dog can go for thousands and thousands of dollars, which is a sizable bit of financial incentive. However, criminals are always in the process of weighing risk and reward against one another because they don’t want to face punishment. The issue is that the increase in the demand for dogs brought about an increase in the price that dog thieves could expect to earn from each incident, thus encouraging them to commit more such crimes because of the change in their considerations.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this has resulted in a lot of misery for a lot of dog owners. After all, a lot of people treat their pets as full-fledged members of their family, meaning that such dog thefts tend to hit them very hard. This is particularly brutal because dog thefts often have no closure, thus making it that much more difficult for them to move on. Unfortunately, while plenty of people now treat dogs as either people or one step below people in their own right, there are also plenty of people who treat dogs as either toys or not much more than toys. Something that increases the number of dog thefts being committed because their perpetrators care less about the harm that is being done.
Yesterday at approximately 12:32p, an unknown suspect broke into and entered a vehicle that was parked at 620 Memorial Drive & stole a 13-month-old white German Short Haired Pointer out of the vehicle. The suspect was then observed walking the dog over the BU Bridge into Boston. pic.twitter.com/titQ0WvPMM
— Cambridge Police👮🏽 (@CambridgePolice) May 8, 2021
What Can You Do About This?
There is no perfect way to prevent dog thefts. However, there are things that interested individuals can do to protect their dogs. As such, they should look up the relevant resources sooner rather than later before putting the gathered information to good use. For starters, it is extremely common for dogs to get stolen while they are out on their own. This can be seen in the story of Titus, seeing as how he was stolen from his owner’s car. As such, interested individuals should leave their dogs at home if they can’t be sure that their dogs will always be with them when they are out. For example, leaving a dog in the car is a terrible idea because it won’t take long for a determined criminal to smash through the window before escaping with the dog. Similarly, leaving a dog tied up outside of a store is even worse because there are even fewer barriers to a dog thief. Besides this, interested individuals should also watch out for situations in which their dogs can be seen by others without them being around to watch over their dogs.
Today I was on the job looking into a stolen dog in #Cambridge. I NEVER could’ve imagined that my photog & I would be the ones to actually FIND him! Happy to report we stopped the suspect (whose been arrested) & helped get #Titus back to his dog dad❤️ AND IT’S ALL ON CAMERA ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/ICj5viviRg
— Juliana Mazza (@julianamazzatv) May 8, 2021
One excellent example would be leaving their dogs in their backyards, which can be particularly bad if their dogs are friendly enough to be lured out with minimal effort. In any case, interested individuals should also put some standard practices to use. For instance, they should make sure that their dog has been microchipped. Furthermore, if their dog has been microchipped, they need to make sure that their contact information is kept up-to-date. Simultaneously, interested individuals should also try to minimize the amount of information that they reveal about their dog’s financial value, the locations that their dog frequents, and the place where they live. Criminals like to use social media as well as other public sources of information to find high-value targets that aren’t protected very well, meaning that just releasing said information for the world to see can bring about a sizable increase in someone’s chances of being robbed.