UK National Wildlife Crime Unit issues warning about rise in cage bird thefts - Here are our tips for preventing it.

UK National Wildlife Crime Unit issues warning about rise in cage bird thefts - Here are our tips for preventing it.

Cage bird theft on the rise, how can you prevent it?

1. Opportunity
Thieves like an invitation – so don’t give them one. If you are in bed or away from the bird, ensure all windows and doors are firmly shut with strong locks to secure them. Never leave a bird unattended outside as it can take one minute to be in and out of a garden. Do not leave windows on the catch as they can still be opened! 
 
2. Sight
Cages that cannot be seen when you look through windows or doors are less likely to be targeted. Thieves won’t enter a property without guarantee of reward so if they can’t see it there’s less chance they’ll take the risk.
 
3. Security
Strong locks and a home security system act as deterrents. For outside aviary’s, we’d suggest strong locks and a motion- sensitive light for night protection. Consider timed lights/radios if you are out over the evening or daytime to make it look like someone is at home. 
 
4. Discretion
It’s easy to get carried away with discussing your wonderful pets at a bird fair, but be wary of what you say to people you aren’t familiar with. Avoid talking about your protection and habits beyond standard care, particularly not what you do when you leave them alone. Remember the information you give may not always be helping someone in a way you would like.
 
5. Microchip
We can’t stress this enough, it is vital that you microchip your birds and keep a record of their number in case the worse does happen. Recording the number is useful because thieves can remove the leg band – meaning you have information to pass on to the police.
 
6. Register
Immobilize is a free online register of possession. All items registered on it are viewable to the police who use it to trace lost or stolen property. While you might not count your pet as property, it is the easiest way for police to trace you when they find it. 
 
7. REPORT
If someone is really observing your house from outside or a strange vehicle lingering in the area and they return a few times – but never visit anybody – please, please, please tell the police. It’s better to be safe than sorry.