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Dogs are among the top stolen items many people don't expect

When many people think about theft in New Hampshire, they think of the theft of cash or expensive items from within the home, such as televisions, guns or computers. However, there are a number of items that are stolen very often that most people don't expect, and the family dog ranks very highly on that list.

According to the American Kennel Club, dog theft is becoming more and more common. In 2008, there were only around 70 reported thefts. However, the number trended upward for the next four years, rising to 450 thefts in 2012.

Part of the problem is that many people buy dogs to scare away thieves, but they don't get breeds that are actually good at defending the home, and then the thieves target the dogs.

Those who steal dogs often just turn around and sell them to new owners. They may post ads for them online, for instance, and then sell them as if they've owned the pups for years. This is known as "flipping" the dogs.

Small dogs are often preferable, as it's not as hard to take them and transport them, and dog prices don't really have much to do with size. Purebred dogs are also sought after since they are often worth so much more than mixed breeds on the open market.

Have you been charged with theft or a similar property crime? If so, you should know that all people have a right to a fair trial, what your legal options are and how to exercise them as your case goes to court.

Source: Investor Place, "Weird Thefts: 5 Frequently Stolen Items You Wouldn’t Expect," Alyssa Oursler, accessed June 09, 2015

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