Since 2018, Dr Daniel Allen has been spearheading collaborative research on the realities of pet theft in the UK.
The aim of our research is to build an ‘evidence base’ around the issue, including: causes, prevention, reporting and recording, strategies of searching, challenges to reunification, policing and wider responses, victim support requirements, and implications on animal welfare.
This work has informed the Pet Theft Reform campaign, the Pet Theft Taskforce policy report, and continues to inform policy decision-making at a multi-organisational level in response to this crime.
Read more about the multidisciplinary research team here.
Pet Theft Taskforce
Following the rise in demand for new pets during the pandemic, and with it the considerable increase in puppy and kitten prices, reports suggest that this may have led to the rise in pet thefts.
Responding to public concern, in May 2021 the Pet Theft Taskforce was created 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.
As the leading authority on data evidence for pet theft, Pet Theft Reform was invited to present evidence to the Taskforce, providing key insights into the nature and extent of this heartbreaking crime.
In September 2021, the Taskforce published its recommendations on how to effectively tackle and prevent pet theft in England and Wales.
Read the full report here