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Why Your Dog Is An Excellent Crime Deterrent

dogs make excellent crime deterrents

Since the beginning of time dogs and humans have been largely inseparable. Today’s domestic dogs are descendants of wolves and foxes. For centuries humans have depended on dogs as companions, hunters, and guards. If you don’t already have a dog, security experts recommend that you give serious thought to owning one. The most hardened criminals, such as convicted burglars, rapists and murders, suggest that a dog is one of the most effective deterrents against crime.

Dogs can hear and smell much better than us. This allows them to detect the presence of a would-be-intruder long before we can. The heightened senses they possess allows us the time to prepare to defend ourselves. At the same time the dogs bark lets a criminal know they have been detected – which, in itself is usually enough to convince them to abort a planned crime. Criminals know that most dogs will attack if they feel their owner or territory is being threatened.

Don’t go out and buy a dog solely for protection, you must be willing to provide a loving home for your companion. The breed of dog is really personal preference. Breeds like German Shepherds, Dobermans, and Rottweilers are popular security dogs. Labs and Retrievers tend to make great pets for families with children. Research suggests that even more important than the size and strength of a dog is the dog’s bark. The louder and more continuous the bark, the better. So even a small dog that barks when others approach can make an excellent crime deterrent. By nature, dogs are nocturnal even though they tend to adapt to our sleep patterns. Even still, there instinct is to hunt at night and this makes them awesome home protectors while we rest.

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