4 Home Security Tips to Protect You and Your Pup

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According to the 2011 Uniform Crime Report from the FBI, a burglary occurs an average of every 14.4 seconds. When you have a pet or family at home, the threat of burglary becomes even more frightening. Here are four home security tips to protect your loved ones.

1. Consider Crime Rates in Your City

Consider the burglary and property crime rates in your city and base your level of security on those. There are various levels of home security ranging from getting an alarm to having a security system with or without cameras cameras and a gun to protect yourself. Typically, you should take more precautions in a big city than in a small rural town. For instance, home security in Atlanta (a big city) should be more complex than home protection in St. George, Utah (a small town) would need to be.

2. Beware of Dog

Post a “Beware of Dog” sign in a prominent area of your yard to warn burglars. It’s doesn’t matter whether your dog is more likely to kiss a stranger hello than scare him or her away. Often just seeing that you have a dog is enough to get a prowler to move along. Former burglar Kenneth Fields said dogs are a dependable deterrent because intruders don’t know how your dog is trained to react to strangers to KXAN, a Texas news station.

Leave your dog’s water bowl near the entrance to your home as another cue to burglars that breaking into your house will be more trouble than it’s worth.

3. Show Off Your Security System

Most alarm companies will provide you with a few signs or window clings when you first install the alarm system. If you didn’t receive one, contact the company to have them send a new one. Place a sign near your front door, as well as the back door. According to the Washington Post, 34 percent of burglars enter through the front door and 22 percent of them get in through the back door.

4. Upgrade Your Doggy Door

While a doggy door is a necessary convenience that many couldn’t imagine living without, it’s an unsecured entrance to your home and a security risk. The Washington Post notes that the typical house burglar is a teenage male who lives within a few blocks of your house, many of whom may be small enough to squeeze through your doggy door.

To prevent this from happening, upgrade to a high-tech electronic pet door. While these can be an investment, with models running between $119.99 and $1,350.99, you can’t put a price on the peace of mind and sense of security that they offer, according to petsmart.com. Each door comes with a special ultrasonic dog collar that triggers the door to open. Once the door signal senses the collar, the motor-operated door automatically opens to let your dog in or out.

Jeremy Fox is a freelance writer and graduate student.

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