Police in Derbyshire have issued reassurance to pet owners that Facebook rumours about dogs being stolen.
The rumours are circulating on social media suggest that pets are being stolen after chalk or paint marks have been left on gates and fences outside houses.
Nottinghamshire Police, recently spoke out about the rumours, and officers across the border want to stress that there have been no reports of thefts linked to these marks and no increase in the theft of dogs.
So far this year there have only been two recorded incidents of dog theft from properties.
A spokesman said: “We have received dozens of reports of suspicious marks on walls or doors but no-one has told us of any thefts.
“Our advice is that dog owners shouldn’t worry but should always be vigilant about the safety of their pets.
“It’s also a good idea to microchip animals so they can be reunited easier.”