Not being a dog or pet owner in general, I had never heard of this but apparently, it is on the increase. This article here shows the kinds of potential burglary/dog taking marks you might find either on your gate, fence, door, wall or pavement
Other markings might be those written about here
Why are they marking, sometimes it is to mark you for being burgled, or to steal your dogs for breeding but more sickening, is to steal your dogs for dog fighting.
If you are a pet owner, and in particular a dog or cat owner, do you have CCTV, especially if you leave your pets outside all day. If not, have you thought about getting it?
It really worries me that people seem to put so much about who they are, where they live, what they own, where they work, what their names are etc, so freely on social media. It has become the norm to share such things but never under-estimate the power of social media, both good and bad.
On social media sites, it is quite common to use your name, what job you do, where you do it, how long your days are, even the village, town or city where you live. It doesn't take much to then trace where you live. If you live at a, work at b, link to your partner's site and they also say they live at the same a, but work at either b, or c, and your site has your real names, it is child's play to work out when you are not at home!
Sharing adorable pictures of your puppy or kitten, your dog or your cat, especially if they are competing or winning prizes. Lovely for your friends and family but also easy targetting information for unscrupulous people. Please stop and think.
It is quite a frightening thought that these people often identify their targets from a distance, even following you home after walking your dog, before leaving their mark which can be as simple as the letter K in chalk. Some audacious nappers even take the dogs when they are running freely out on their walks.
Have I got you thinking, good. Do something about it and ensure you are not the one targeted next time.