Alarm or Dog for Security and Safety Replies?
You selected what you consider the safest and most reliable security measures and told us if you've ever been broken in on and what happened, so consider this...
May 20, 2019 | TheDogPress.com Survey Responses
Response was excellent on what you felt were best and/or most reliable measures for home security in Alarm or Dog Safety Survey? It was 50/50 between poison-proof dogs and trained attack dogs. Now let’s consider other protection options from a professional standpoint...
An attack-trained dog giving you time to call the police?
Most alarm systems have a back-up feature. The same applies to your canine burglar alarm. If you are a sound or medicated sleeper and might not hear your outside guard dog barking, you can be sure your alert house dog will react by also barking. A family security dog trained to be a man stopper is on duty around the clock.
Even if you are medicated, deaf, and live alone, your personal dog can be trained to instinctively paw at you or jump on the bed to awaken you.
A poison-proofed dog that will bark and discourage an intruder?
Most outside dogs (your first line of defense, the dog in your bedroom can’t monitor an outside intrusion) is like any alarm system, exposed. But unlike an electronic system, a dog isn’t “installed” and can be anywhere. That is a tactical problem for a robber or hired killer.
If the trained dog is absolutely, dependably poison-proof, even a little barker will discourage an intruder. While professional burglars know how to disarm a system or handle a human guard, they also know that a barking dog of any size is likely to rouse neighbors as well as owners. And a barking dog isn’t stationary! A poison-proofed dog cannot be disarmed. To shoot the dog would rouse everyone. The only choice for an intruder or assailant is to move on. Quickly!
A burglar alarm that can be disarmed and gives a false sense of security?
A burglar alarm wired into local police protection is ideal provided that connection is fail-safe, i.e. any attempt to disarm the device automatically sends and sounds the alarm. Be sure to ascertain that capability or it is useless. Then consider how long it would take police to arrive…
A gun you can only use legally after an assailant is in your home?
A gun is great if you are absolutely sure children can’t/won’t access it, you have taken a firearms course, and you practice on a firing range often enough to be calm, capable and comfortable in its use.
A professional security guard who could be bribed or compromised?
The security guard option is questionable simply because humans can be corrupted. A trained dog or professional alarm system is much more reliable if you can be sure they are tamper proof. Ah, and therein lies the key.
Here are some select comments by our subscribers:
Cheri F said she's never been broken into, knock on wood. Everyone in town knows I have a Rottweiler and any stranger coming to my home will soon see all my Rottweiler statues and cute garden signs.
Teresa H said she's never been broken into because she has a barking dog.
Cheri T said she's never been broken into because even toy breeds will dissuade an intruder.
(Judge's name withheld by request) Take Our Guns Take our Dogs... I've been a subscriber for a long time because I believe in political freedom. I am always saying the animal rights movement is a tool to destroy all our rights, like the right to bear arms. Reading your mail call, there was one guy said law-abiding people have guns and are not violent. I agree. I would rather see the blame placed where it belongs with a criminal. We should call it criminal violence not gun violence.
I would bet if you guys could do a survey you would find that crime against dog owners is just about as low as it is against gun owners. I would bet that the attempted break-in rate is lower when people have a dog. An intruder can hear or see a dog. They have no way of knowing if you have a firearm in your house. An alarm dog is more of a deterrent against being broken into then having a gun in the closet.
Connie P said she was broken into many years ago, she had a dog but the break-in was so forcibly loud it scared the dog and Connie was also attacked. she replied "I had no gun at the time. (I do now)." She still ops for a trained attack dog.
For every potential intrusion problem there’s a canine solution. A security guard or alarm system is impressive to the neighbors but a trained guard dog is incorruptibly devoted to you. The value of that emotional support is incalculable!
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