Security firm ADT has published an analysis of pet theft crime figures which suggest that if you're a Staffordshire Bull Terrier living in Devon or Cornwall, you might like to hide your identity. 

Staffies were by far the most commonly stolen animal, accounting for 25.7% of all reported dogs thefts in the UK between 2017 and 2021. 

Meanwhile, Devon and Cornwall had the highest number of pet thefts: 140.6 per 100,000 people. 

Northumbria came second, with 61.5 pet thefts per 100,000 people, and Lancashire third (52.9 per 100,000).

On the other end of the scale, one breed that was less likely to be stolen was the pug (4.5%), although that's perhaps not surprising: after all, who'd want to steal an animal whose face you can't differentiate from its backside?

The safest animal in the country is probably an Akita (1.9%) living in Surrey (6.8 pet thefts per 100,000 people).

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