Pet-ty Crimes In Your Household? ADT Is Searching for a Pet Detective...

Thursday, 2 November 2017
I have never not had a pet, and I can't ever imagine my life without one but sometimes I'm left thinking how clean everywhere would be without them. Not to mention how many household items would still be in tack. However, that doesn't mean I'm getting rid anytime soon. 

Recently ADT conducted a survey and on the back of this have launched a nationwide search to recruit a 'Pet Detective' to help stop all of this. 

The research shows that Britain is awash with pet-ty get it? criminals, which is costing us a whopping £305million. Over half of pet owners have admitted to their pets regularly stealing their belongings, and I'm one of those. We've had various items go missing over the years with our numerous pets from money to post, to socks and even razor blades! Not to mention the garden, the garden swing rope, a few toy balls, part of our artificial grass, half a planter... 

Surprising new data from ADT, the UK’s leading security brand, reveals owners lose £49.34 on average to their light pawed pets, but shockingly, one in 16 (six per cent) owners has been burgled to the tune of over £150. That’s a lot of kibble.
The research also reveals that ‘cat burglars’ is a misnomer as birds are the true scourge of the nation, with a whopping 59 per cent found guilty of filching (perhaps this should be renamed ‘finch-ing’?).
Pooches are also prolific with 58 per cent caught with their paw in the proverbial cookie jar, compared to only 47 per cent of cats.
However, reptiles have the most extravagant tastes, with the items they steal coming to a whopping £209 over their lifetimes.
Top items taken by pets include food (71 per cent), money (seven per cent) and even underwear (21 per cent):
1. Food (71 per cent)
2. Shoes (25 per cent)
3. Other pets’ toys (23 per cent)
4. Children’s toys (22 per cent)
5. Underwear (21 per cent)
6. Post (17 per cent)
7. Blankets (17 per cent)
8. Clothes (14 per cent)
9. Newspapers (nine per cent)
10. Money (seven per cent)

The research also revealed that old pets are even teaching themselves new tricks as they pursue a life of crime – 35 per cent of pilfering pets learnt to undo food packaging, 30 per cent can now open doors and 12 per cent can unlock handbags to get to their loot.
Which could be why one in ten owners (ten per cent) just don’t know how to make the thieving stop.

ADT have recently joined forces with Instagam superdog Pumba the Chow Chow to create a new role as the UK's first Pet Detective.

Pumba and ADT are looking for the UK’s most prolific cat, dog, budgie or bunny burglar, to help ADT understand how pilfering pets manage to evade capture, and identify weak spots in Britain’s homes by setting a thief to catch a thief!

The role is a year’s consultancy. The exclusive position will be reimbursed with a new ADT Smart Home system which will be installed by ADT, a year’s free monitoring and a generous welcome bonus of £500 of vouchers for Monster Pet Supplies.
If you have a pet pilferer at home, apply on their behalf on the ADT Facebook page. The application process is simple – owners simply need to upload an image of their pet in action and detail their suitability for the role using the following criteria that Pumba has set out for the applicants:

  • Track record of being light-pawed
  • Highly intelligent – comes up with ingenious ways to pilfer possessions
  • Intrepid explorer – capable of venturing far and wide to find every nook and cranny
  • Experienced at evading capture
  • Full bag of swag

So what have your pets taken from your home? Do you think they fit the bill? Ours will sure to give them a run for their money.

This post is in collaboration with ADT Security.

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