All theft creates victims. However, pet theft and especially the theft of a dog can cause real distress. Fortunately, microchips can help recover lost animals, often with the help of vets.
Before the pandemic, this was a relatively rare crime in Thames Valley, as the discussion at Milton Keynes Council in March revealed. Now it is on the rise, organised criminal gangs are now getting involved, because opportunities for other crime has fallen.
Those people looking for a dog to buy should be alert for sales of stolen dogs and only buy from a reputable source. As PCC, I would discuss with the Chief Constable the appropriate level of resources required to prevent this crime becoming endemic.