For the longest time, humanity has used dogs for security. It’s easy to see why. You only need to throw a dog some scrap pieces of meat back in the day and your dog will happily do its job. And believe me, the word “happily” is an understatement.
Because not only is your dog busily yapping at strangers that come from all over the place, but your dog is also very affectionate. Your dog is really an all-around asset.
If you come home feeling a little under the weather, or feeling a little bit defeated because you didn’t get that deal or you didn’t close that sale, or something happened at work involving office politics, you can always count on your dog to welcome you home.
When you look at your dog’s eyes, you can see that you are the best thing that ever happened to it and it’s just so happy that you are there, that you are alive, and that you are there to love.
There’s just something about a dog’s love because it’s completely unconditional. Did you know that even if you don’t feed your dog, your dog will still have that reaction? It’s as if it doesn’t know any better but to love you, and love you some more.
So, when you add that factor, it’s almost a no-brainer to go with a dog as your security system. But the good news is, your dog doesn’t have to do it alone. Because let’s face it, dogs are not foolproof security systems. They never were in the past, they are not now, and they probably will always fall short in the future.
Please understand that I’m not knocking dogs. They do a decent job. If you don’t believe me, just go on YouTube and check out security footage of dogs taking down intruders. They know how to do a good job. They have the right talents and instincts to do it, but they need help.
Because modern security has to be on 24/7. And, as awesome and as great as your dog may be, it also has to sleep. It also has to poop. It also has to eat. Well, every time it does something other than guarding your property, you are presenting an opportunity to intruders.
You might be thinking, “How much time do intruders need? I mean, a dog just eats at a bowl for a couple of minutes. Is that really going to make that much of a difference?” You bet it would. Seriously.
When you look at security footage of home invasions, it turns out that a lot of these situations happen in mere seconds. That’s how highly trained many home invaders are.
Please understand that home invasion is a very Darwinian kind of activity. In other words, for a hundred people who do it, the vast majority get caught very easily.
They do a crappy job, or they just weren’t up to the job. But the ones who are able to evade detection, they just get better and better because they operate at a very high level.
And the problem is, in any area, the ones who make it to burglarize people’s homes, and invade homes the next day, tend to be on the right end of the skills distribution chart.
What I’m just trying to say in a roundabout way is that the people who you are more likely to confront in a home invasion scenario are able to operate in split seconds.
So, you may be thinking that your dog is just eating off a bowl and that’s not really going to take much away from the overall security of your home – well, think again.
Because a lot of these burglary professionals are actual professionals. They don’t just do experiments on their own. They don’t just learn from hard knocks because hey, let’s face it, if that’s your strategy, be prepared to spend a lot of years in prison.
Instead, they network. They talk to other criminals. They get the best practices going. These are people who actually make a living off victimizing others and separating them from their hard-earned property. What are you going to do about it?
This is why it’s really important to figure out why you should get a dog to complement your home security system. The best way to do this is to invest in a closed-circuit TV. This is the first layer. This is, by no means, the only thing you should do. But you should start here.
When you have a CCTV network throughout your house, you are able to take footage of all the avenues of approach home invaders and burglars would take.
Now, please understand that the CCTV cameras are obviously not equipped with lasers. They’re not proactive systems. They just enable you to document the invasion or crime so you can coordinate with the relevant law enforcement authorities to get some sort of redress later on.
The most basic redress, of course, is to get people thrown in jail. On top of your CCTV network (and I recommended as many of them as possible) you should have a silent alarm system. In other words, there has to be a certain area in your home that once its security is breached, a professional private security monitoring system service should be contacted.
Please understand that this private security system is not the police, okay? It’s private. They’re operating this for profit. They’re doing this for select clients. They’re not doing this for the general public.
But the reason why you should go with a monitoring system is that they are more proactive. Once the private security service realizes that there is a certain area that you have designated as some sort of “panic area” or “crime area,” they should closely monitor the situation and get the attention of the local police agency.
If you factor all these security precautions together, not only will it help your dog, but it would also maximize the chance that you would quickly recover from the crime.
Remember, if you want to recover your property, it is very important to make sure that the people get caught. And CCTV cameras do a good job of recording the appearance of these people so you can get the ball rolling as far as restitution and property recovery are concerned.