In countless movies and TV shows we’ve seen man’s best friend cast in a heroic, starring role. The burglar breaks into the home with something nefarious in mind. Before he knows it, the tables are turned as the family’s faithful pooch backs him into a corner or chases him out.
A lot of people think their dogs make a great alarm system. After all, their pets start howling the moment anyone sets foot on the property. But are dogs as good as a home security service?
How Dogs Can Help
One of the best things about dogs are their heightened senses. They will first smell, then hear people coming long before you notice them. A K9’s sense of smell is 10,000 times stronger than that of a human’s, and will often notify their owners if something out of the ordinary is nearby.
Some breeds also have a reputation that makes intruders nervous. Certain dogs, especially German Shepherds and Dobermans, can also be professionally trained to help defend you and your property. ‘Training’ is a key word here. You don’t want a dog that barks at every noise; you want one that tells you when something is wrong.
It’s also important that you’re able to call your dog off and tell him to ‘sit’ and ‘stay.’ Dogs aren’t born knowing these skills. You’ll need to participate in their training and reinforce what they’ve learned throughout their lives. However, even an untrained barking dog may still deter burglars.
Dogs Have Their Limits
What happens if you go on vacation and take your pet with you? You’ll need to have a surveillance camera and other security measures in place.
Dogs can make mistakes and get distracted, just like people. You can’t expect them to be ‘on call’ a hundred percent of the time.
Some dogs just don’t have the temperament or size to be good at protecting the household. Only a handful of dog breeds are equipped to help secure your home. Don’t ask for things your pet can’t give you.
Finally, your home can benefit from security system monitoring in other ways. For instance, some systems can warn you if your doors are unlocked or carbon monoxide is building up.
While a dog is an ideal companion, a best friend, and a beloved member of the household, they simply cannot replace the 24/7 security that you get with a wireless security system and round the clock security monitoring. They can however help augment your home security as a second measure.
Yes, having a dog does improve security and could be enough to frighten a burglar away. But why take such a risk? For more information on Alarm Monitoring Service of Atlanta’s security system monitoring, call us at 844-344-0051.