Police issue Ipswich red alert over dog snatchers
TRACEY Woodward's dog Apollo might not be the ideal target for dog snatchers.
After all, the notion of taking a 65kg great dane away from its owner could prove difficult - if not dangerous - for dog nappers.
Nevertheless, The Augustine Heights mother is taking no chances after recent crimes involving the stealing of dogs were reported in her community.
As the area coordinator for Neighbourhood Watch, Mrs Woodward said she was recently warned by Springfield police about the canine thefts.
In a notice circulated by the Queensland Police Service, it urged pet owners to remain cautious and vigilant when it came to the security of their pets.
It indicated that suspects were marking letterboxes or wheelie bins that had a dog and then returning later to steal the animal.
Homes were tagged with spray paint, coloured stickers and in some instances, ribbons.
Similar suspicious activity was also reported in Brisbane and Logan.
In addition to having Apollo microchipped, Mrs Woodward said she had put a padlock on their gates as a precaution. "It's also a good idea to keep your dogs secure and hidden from view in the front of the house," she said.
She advised people to also keep their wheelie bins from view to stop people from marking them.
"I would be distraught if Apollo was taken," she said. "It would be like losing a member of the family."
Police urged residents to report any suspicious activity by phoning Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.