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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Using Safes to Prevent against Theft

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There are many people that believe that since their front doors are locked that they think their belongings are safe. This is simply not true!
The most common times for a theft to happen in your home are from 10am to 3pm, whether you are home or not. While there are thieves of all genders, race, size, etc. the most common thief will be a younger male in their mid to late teens. It is important that you keep your valuables safe.
Safes are a great way to do this. While there are many different kinds of safes, they all have the same purpose in mind- to keep your belongings with you! Many models can be bolted down to a surface or piece of furniture to make sure that people can’t just walk away with the safe that contains your goods.
Not only do homeowners need safes, but so do businesses! It is very common for a business to have larger amounts of cash sitting in a safe because of how much they need to use in a single day. Either way, safes are the way to go to make sure your valuables stay where they belong.
Here are some facts and statistics about theft:

  • Every 18 seconds a burglary takes place in the US.
  • On average, a burglar spends about 12 minutes inside a home.
  • Only 13% of burglars are caught by the police.
  • 60% of burglaries happen during the day time. Cash, jewelry, and electronics are among the top things that are stolen, along with weapons.
  • It is estimated that one in every thirty six homes will be burglarized this year.
  • The top three cities with the most burglaries are Houston, Chicago, and New York City.

Don’t know much about safes? Call one of our safe specialists today and they can help you decide which safe best fits your needs.