Dog walkers are being encouraged to help sniff out crime in Borehamwood.

Dog walkers and their furry friends are invited to sign up to Dog Watch at the next crime prevention event on Saturday.

PCSO Marie Harvey hopes dog walkers may be able to help prevent crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.

She said: “Dog walker’s spend a lot of time out in their communities and would know if something suspicious or out of the ordinary was happening in their neighbourhood. Dog walkers can not only help cut crime but can deter offenders.”

Dog Watch was launched last year and invites dogs and their owners to be on the lookout for criminal activity and report suspicious activity to the authorities.

A number of leaflets will be available from the RSPCA on topics such as neutering and responsible pet ownership.

Valerie Kane, community safety officer at Hertsmere Borough Council, said: “Dog Watch is a simple yet effective mechanism to help us keep your area safe. As a member you won’t have to do any more than you normally do, but if you do notice anything unusual or suspicious while out and about with your pet, you can report it quickly and easily.

The event is to be held at Ripon Park, Borehamwood from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday May 3.