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Dogwatch scheme aims to cut crime

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Dog owners are asked to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour as part of a new community police scheme.

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  1. It is astonishing, in fact, how many times high-profile crime stories involve a tip or an accidental discovery by a dog owner on his daily rounds. There once was a time, a generation ago, when the dog might be let out the backdoor to roam the neighbourhood and do his business.

    No longer. With on-leash laws and poop-and-scoop regulations, dog ownership is now a rigid routine of walks and watching.
    Think of it. Thousands of dogs are now walked two or three times a day — on city streets, on bike paths, in wooded areas around parks, along hydro rights-of-way, any green space at all that borders a neighbourhood. Dogs are walked early. Dogs are walked late. Dogs are walked in good weather and bad. There would scarcely be a path or trail anywhere in the nation that would not be visited on a regular basis by a dog and its owner. There is, in a sense, nowhere to hide from them.

    The effect of this: Dog owners are an unofficial army of patrollers, not fully deputized with badges, but inescapably on the lookout for things that weren’t there yesterday. Having a brigade of dog walkers in your neighbourhood — there can be little doubt –makes it a safer place. They may pass the same corner or alleyway two and three times a day. If things are amiss, they will notice. In my neighbourhood, I see the same dog walkers over and over. We are, collectively, effective gossips and, I think, a loose posse. We trade information that is not exactly news, in the big sense, but nonetheless important to the idea of personal safety.

    Dog walkers and dogs are the most reliable and inexpensive security resource in society. With their daily presence in our parks and on our nature trails, they are the eyes and ears of the community, frequently the first to discover crime and consistently a deterrent to it.
    That, of course, means letting your dog off leash, and be able to sniff around… and for you to understand dog language, and understand that your dog has found something. Not all dog owners can, but I do agree that we do find things… mostly couples in cars making out in parks at midnight :))

    We should be encouraging the presence of dog walkers and their dogs rather than implementing public policies that restrict and prohibit them.

    “Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot about puppies.” !!

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