Dog owners are being recruited to look out for suspicious activity

Dog owners are being recruited to join a Paws on Watch scheme and look out for anything suspicious or unusual in the community.

The scheme is being set up by the Safer Wealden Partnership to allow Sussex Police and other partners to alert members via email about important and relevant issues.paws-on-watch-logo-un

A bulletin to Wealden councillors says Paws on Watch members will be asked to do three things:

  • To act as an extra pair of eyes and ears in their local community, reporting back anything that seems suspicious or unusual;
  • To promote responsible dog ownership among other dog walkers by challenging those that do not clear-up after their dog and offering them a bag (if it is appropriate and they feel able to do so); and
  • Be tasked by Sussex Police or other enforcement agencies to keep an eye open for specific crimes in their area and report any details back. For example, if there was a spate of heating oil thefts in a particular area or a regular fly-tipper in an area then Paws on Watch members in that area would be emailed and asked to look out for certain evidence such as vehicles and the like.

Wealden councillors are told that members of Paws on Watch would receive a badge, a tag for the dog’s collar (wearing them is optional) and a membership card which lists the important contact details for Sussex Police and some personal safety advice.

There’s more information on the scheme here.

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