Dogs are a better defense against burglars, by far, than an alarm system. This does not rely on the quality of the dog or the system, but comes from the type of defense. When plied with this question, a local home security expert stated, “A hundred times out of a hundred, a proactive solution is far better than a reactive one.”
What does this mean in terms of alarm systems versus dogs? Alarm systems only react AFTER a burglar has broken in. There is no deterrent, no preventative…in fact, sometimes the burglar doesn’t even know there’s an alarm in the house until they break in. Other times, burglars may see the sticker on the door for the particular brand of alarm system used, determine that no one is home, and break in anyway. This burglar can do so with fairly well-grounded confidence that police will not respond to the alarm until the crime is done and the burglar long gone.
Dogs, on the other hand, are an excellent proactive solution. It doesn’t matter if you have a little yappy Pomeranian or a German Shepherd, dogs are a deterrent to burglars. Whether your dog is the kind to attack strangers or not, it is a protection to your home by the noise that it makes and the psychological aspect of its presence.
When given the choice to break into a home with a dog inside or to break into one with an alarm, most burglars will opt for the alarm. While police may take a while to appear and homeowners are not likely to try to hold a burglar on their own, a dog is an immediate consideration. The moment that burglar enters the house they have that dog to contend with. A primary deterrent may be fear of an attack, or it may just be the knowledge that that dog will be raising a huge commotion and attracting unwanted attention.
People understand that a dog is faster than a human, has keener senses, and has the potential to cause a lot more damage. For this reason, large businesses and industrial complexes use canine security guards. Studies have shown that a human guard with a pair of canine security guards can take the place of over 20 human guards, thanks mostly to the fact that criminals will avoid confrontations with dogs if at all possible.
Many people spend thousands of dollars for the installation of home alarm systems and other reactive home security measures. If given the choice, would you rather catch the person who broke into your home, or never have it broken into in the first place? Homeowners who would prefer the latter are best off considering automatic outdoor lighting, window film, and keeping their faithful canine companion inside the house at night.