Leicestershire Police have advised people to remove cable ties from lampposts in their area over fears they are signals to help dog thieves.
Officers have given out the advice after lots of people on social media reported seeing cable ties around lampposts in Leicestershire.
Many people fear the cable ties could be a signal to dog thieves that there may be a pet worth taking in a nearby house.
A Market Bosworth officer posted on the team’s official website: “We’ve had a lot of messages recently about dog theft.
“People are concerned that cable ties on lampposts may be there for a sinister purpose to identify target houses.
“In order to stop people being concerned - please feel free to remove them from your locality when passing.
“We have had no reports of dog thefts in this area.
“Let’s keep it that way.”
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