We have all heard of Dangermouse, but now dogs in Borehamwood will also be able to help sniff out crime.

The new doggy detective scheme, spearheaded by PCSO Sophie Watson, encourages people to report any suspicious activity they see or hear when walking their pooch.

Miss Watson will be launching the project later this month, after seeing how successful it has been in nearby Potters Bar.

She said: “Dog walkers are out at all different times of the day, so have the chance to see different things that other people might sometimes miss.

“It is basically like a neighbourhood watch scheme for dogs. Walkers will act as the eyes and ears of the community to make sure the area remains safe and secure.

“I hope as many dog walkers sign up to this, I think it will be a great thing for Borehamwood.”

Jane Smith, who works as an administrator for Hertsmere Borough Council, is excited about enrolling her eight-year-old Labrador, Molly.

The Buckingham Road resident said: “Molly has a fabulous temperament and is a great guard dog to us.

“We got her as a rescue dog seven years ago, and she’s been the perfect dog to us, so I thought this would be the perfect scheme to sign up to.

“I think it is a great idea. Molly and I can look out for our neighbours and help look out for any suspicious activity.”

People are being encouraged to sign up to Dog Watch, co-ordinated by Hertsmere Community Safety Trust, at 4pm on Wednesday August 22 between 2pm and 4pm at Aberford Park. 

Anyone who participates will receive a free Dalmatian toy rape style alarm, dog poop bag and UV security marking pen.