03/23/2015 05:30 EDT | Updated 05/23/2015 05:59 EDT

Paws for the Cause seeks dog walkers to keep watch for police

Toronto police hope those people out walking their dogs can help prevent break-ins as part of a new crime-prevention initiative police call, "Paws for the Cause."

Police are trying to recruit dog owners to be on the look-out for any suspicious activity while they are making their regular rounds of the neighbourhood with the dogs.

"We're not asking anybody to do anything extra, they're going to be out there," Const. Gary Gomez said.

Gomez said most break-ins happen during the day, between noon and 3 p.m. He said he'll be offering training to dog walkers on what they can look for.

"If you see some stranger on your street, around your neighbour's house, you're going to be wondering — you're going to go: 'Well, who is that guy?'" Gomez said.

Dog owners in Scarborough will be the first to test out the program, which police hope will catch on across the city.

Anyone interested in learning more about the program can call Gomez at 416-808-4220.