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Do Dogs Effectively Protect Your Home From Burglars?

By April 1, 2014No Comments

According to the FBI, an average of 2.1 million burglaries occur each year. Your current renters or homeowners insurance will replace stolen items, but consider implementing several strategies that prevent burglars from targeting your home in the first place. In addition to security systems, deadbolts and motion detection lights, consider whether or not a dog can successfully deter burglars from targeting and entering your home.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Large Breeds

Big dogs, including German Shepherds, Dobermans, Rottweilers and Mastiffs, look intimidating to burglars. Their bite can be pretty ferocious too. However, some big dog breeds aren’t known for their bark. If a burglar is casually casing a neighborhood, he or she may leave your house alone because a big dog lives there.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Small Breeds

Small dogs like Terriers, Schnauzers and Beagles don’t look intimidating. They can be noisy, though, and their yapping can be invaluable for your protection. Burglars look for easy targets, and they’ll walk away from your house if your dog starts barking and alerts you or the neighbors to their presence.

Are Dogs Always Foolproof Burglar Deterrents?

Both large and small dogs can deter burglars, but keep a few facts in mind before you buy or adopt a canine protector.

1. Remember that all dogs don’t follow breed stereotypes. Some Dobermans are docile with strangers, and your Terrier might not bark.

2. Burglars who want in your home will find a way whether you have a dog or not. They can simply poison the dog or distract it with food.

3. Your lease or homeowners association agreement may prevent you from owing a dog or a certain breed of dog. Check it carefully.

Overall, dogs can deter burglars. You should use additional security options as well, though. Contact us for information about renters and homeowners insurance and to receive advice that keeps your home, family and belongings safe from burglars.