Dangerous Dogs

Plenary on 2015-06-03
Session date: 
June 3, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Boris Johnson (Mayor of London) & Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe (Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis)


How many dangerous dogs incidents were there in Barnet in the last 12 months; how does this number compare with other boroughs; and what were the disposal outcomes of the incidents?


Answer for Dangerous Dogs

Answer for Dangerous Dogs

Answered By: 
Boris Johnson (Mayor of London) & Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe (Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis)

Since 1st April 2014 there have been 88 dangerous dog incidents recorded in Barnet and 56 dogs have been seized. Crime Report analysis shows a sanctioned detection rate of 28%. This does not take into account disposal outcomes where action has been taken other than through the criminal courts (i.e. civil applications for control orders, prohibited dog registrations, warning letters or acceptable behaviour contracts).


Recent changes in legislation to include dog attacks on private property have enhanced the police's capacity to address dangerous dogs and capture, for the first time, offending that was previously unrecorded. Any increase is therefore not necessarily a rise in incidents but the result of the change in law that captures attacks occurring on private property.


A dangerous dog incident is an incident recorded on the MPS Crime Reporting System (CRIS) where an offence is alleged under:

•              Possession of a Prohibited Dog - S1(3) Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

•              Owner of a Dog Dangerously out of Control  - S3(1) Dangerous Dogs Act 1991