If you’re considering installing a home security system, then you likely have heard someone say: “Why not get a dog instead?” There are valid points to both sides, but as professional locksmiths, we can say with confidence that modern home security systems are much more secure than owning a dog. Here are some insights into why we believe this.
Dog vs. Security System: Effectiveness
When this debate comes up, it is important to define terms. When you own a dog for home security, we aren’t talking about a Chihuahua. We’re talking about properly trained dogs with a guard dog temperament. In most cases, we don’t choose our pets based on their ability to guard us: We usually pick them based on their level of cuteness and playfulness. This is especially true if you have children. If you want a dog to guard your home, you’ll need to make sure it is a well-trained dog who has the temperament of a guard animal. When we discuss home security systems, we also need to define terms: Alarm systems that only rely on making noise when an intruder enters the home are not as effective as a dog, for obvious reasons. Monitored security systems are much more effective, as there will be a response even when no one is home. According to one police sergeant, a “well-installed alarm probably is better than a dog…there are people out there who break into the house and they steal the dog, too. A lot of dogs, if they are not Dobermans or German Shepherds that go after strangers, more than likely will cower in a corner. The alarm company will never cower away.” Additionally, when you install a home security system, you may get a discounted insurance rate: this is because homes without a security system are “18.9% more likely to be burglarized than a home without a system installed.” Insurance companies recognize this, and incentivize customers to install a system to secure their home and belongings.
Want to Improve Home Security? Call Wrangler Safe and Lock
Keeping your home safe from intruders is important. If you’re looking to improve your home’s security, give us a call at Wrangler Safe and Lock. We provide many solutions, and have years of experience with home security options. We are here to help, and our goal is to ensure that each and every one of our customers receives only the best care!