Is It Good To Rely On Your Dog For Your Home Security?

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This is an important question that every homeowner should ask. Your dog is a member of your family, a beloved and treasured member. Is it really a good idea to allow him to be your only means of keeping your home secure?
 
The short answer is no. Security systems, safes and alarms are much more reliable, do not need to take sick days, and not likely to be at risk from an intruder. Your dog, as a living being, can be subject to illness and is very vulnerable if an intruder enters your home.
 
Of course dogs with loud and intimidating barks can be very good deterrents and dissuade someone from entering your home uninvited. But training your dog, who has come to you for his own needs for security, cuddles, and food, to be the sole source of security for your family and your home, is simply foolhardy. A family dog cannot be relied upon to keep your family safe.
 
Yes, dogs have been known for their heroism in fire and with burglaries, but it isn’t wise to put that kind of responsibility on your pet. He may herald an intruder, but he alone cannot stop one. And often training a dog for security only, robs that animal of the connection to his humans and their affection. It also robs the humans the joy of having a pet in the first place.
 
Security systems that are made to contact the police or fire department, are easier for neighbors to hear and respond to than your dog. A dog barking is not something unusual, and not necessarily a red flag to them. But a loud alarm, the kind that comes with a home security system definitely gets everyone’s attention and puts people into survival mode which may save their lives.
 
And finally, often when people with dogs leave the home, they gate off an area of the house to keep the animal safe and less likely to leave unwanted messes around the home. Even guard dogs that may be left outside during the day, are usually leashed to keep them in one area of the yard. This leaves other parts of the house as easily accessible to an intruder.
 
Even if your dog is a barking deterrent or alert system, it is not best to entrust your family’s and home’s safety only to your pet. Allow your dog to be your pet and cherished family member. You both will enjoy each other so much more.
 

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Some Things to Know When Buying a Safe

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Not all home safes are the same, and the safe that you purchase must suit your particular needs. When buying a safe you need to take into consideration exactly what you are using it to hold. You definitely something that is waterproof, fireproof, and will survive inclement weather.
 

Finding a Good Professional

 
The first thing you must do is find a safe company you can trust, with people you feel will advise you well. This will require some legwork on your part, but it will be worth it in the end. So take the time to do your research. Don’t be afraid to ask for second and third opinions.
 

Gun Safes

 
Guns are dangerous weapons and not all safes offer you protection. Gun safes are all shapes and sizes. Many people opt for a cabinet, but that will never protect you from burglary or unauthorized use of the gun.
 
The thickness of the safe is paramount. The better gun safes come with doors that are at least ½” thick. And it is advisable to spend the extra money to protect your valuables.
 
Fire ratings are very important. A rating of at least one hour is the minimum you should get. To have a safe independently tested it should be a test of at least 90 minutes. Not all gun safes are good for important documents or cash.
 

Fireproof Safes

 
A fireproof safe may not be burglar proof. Fireproof safes are really fire resistant and use a thinner gauge metal that can be easily sawed through. So don’t put highly valued things in a fireproof safe.
 

Burglar Fire Safes

 
A highly rated burglar fire safe will be both resistant to fire and thief. The rating is dependent upon how much the items you place inside are valued. Also, try to anticipate what items you may want to store in a safe so that you are not caught with one too small for your needs a few years down the line.
 

Floor Safes

 
They may be surrounded by concrete, but floor safes do not protect against fire as they have no fire-retardant material in them. Floor safes are a good protection against thievery, however, and coins, precious metals, and jewelry can be kept in a floor safe.
 

Wall Safes

 
Wall safes, though popular in films, are not burglar proof. Their walls are constructed of thin gauges steel, and they can easily be saws out of the wall. So highly valued items should only be kept there for a short time. Wall safes can be good for medications that you don’t want your kids to get into.
 

Data/Media Safes

 
For things like film, photos, CD’s and DVD’s, a data/media safe is essential. These items are very sensitive to humidity and temperature and the safes do their work by keeping the temperature lower than 135 degrees, and the humidity below 85%. These safes are not burglar proof, but there are data/media safes that do offer some burglar protection.
 

Where to Place a Safe

 
First of all, consider how much you will be using your safe and put it in a place that you know you will visit. Also, don’t put it in a dark corner or you won’t be able to see the lock or what’s inside. If you choose a dark spot for your safe, use an electronic lock. That should solves vision problems. Also, very heavy safes need to be bolted to a concrete floor. Not a wood floor.
 
Choosing the correct safe for your needs is a process, and there are professionals out there who can help you through it.
 

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Article on Safes

Great Article on Safes.

Just wanted to take some time to point out a good article on safes.  It was published on http://ezinearticles.com/?Now-is-the-Time-to-Purchase-Safes&id=4331120 Anyway, it points out some really good points about safes and security. It is written to talk to the person that is hesitating about getting a safe in our current economic climate.  Its a good read.

Safes and other articles can also be found here and when needed I will point to others that have been also full of information.