Gardai in Laois have issued a number of tips for people to help stem the recent surge in dog thefts that have been reported around the country.
Crime Prevention Officer Graham Kavanagh is asking all dog owners to do the following:
“Most important to have dogs microchipped and registered
“Keep dogs effectively controlled including movements within domain.
“Carry out regular checks about home and perimeter.
“Consider technology uses to deter, detect movement.
“Report any suspicious behaviour immediately.
“Report suspicious vehicles to Gardaí and use Community text alert to notify your neighbours.
“If you notice any markings remove them.
“Gardaí are appealing to the public to take extra crime prevention measures when it comes to caring for your pet, particularly high-value breeds of dogs.”
Meanwhile, Laois gardai also revealed details of an arrest of a motorist after a member of the public reported some erratic driving.
Gardai say: “On Wednesday evening, following a call from a concerned member of the public regarding erratic driving in Portlaoise, Laois Roads Policing Unit assisted by Portlaoise members intercepted this vehicle.
“A roadside oral fluid sample indicated the presence of opiates and cannabis and the driver was arrested on suspicion of drug driving.
“A quantity of cannabis and heroin was also found during this incident.
“Members of the public can report traffic related incidents using the dedicated Garda Traffic Watch number on lo-call 1890 205 805.”
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