Pet owners in North Yorkshire are being asked for their views on dog theft.
The survey comes after a spate of high-profile incidents nationally leading experts to believe criminals are exploiting the huge hike in prices and demand for puppies during the coronavirus restrictions.
According to the charity DogLost, thefts have risen by 170% in the past year from 172 dogs in 2019 to 465 in 2020.
Home Secretary Priti Patel is now reviewing pet theft nationally and considering additional options for enforcement, including harsher penalties for offenders.
The results of the survey, which is being co-ordinated by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, will help find out how widespread the fear of dog theft is, and whether there is support for tougher enforcement.
Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, said: “I know that dog theft is becoming more of a concern for many people after a series of high-profile incidents across the country so it’s important owners across North Yorkshire and York have their say in this survey.
“It is still not common, but its impacts can be devastating both for individuals and families whose dogs are part of the family and for farmers and rural businesses where dogs have play a crucial role in everything they do.”
The 60-second survey can be completed online here and will be open until 5pm on Friday 12 March.
Advice on keeping dogs safe is available on the North Yorkshire Police website.