A home’s best friend?

KCRA.com recently reported that home invasions are on the rise in Sacramento.

In the last 28 days, the Sacramento region has experienced at least nine home invasion robberies. In each case, the homeowners were tied up, bound or held at gunpoint.

Yikes. What can we do to protect ourselves, you ask? Well, Sacramento Police Department Sgt. Terrell Marshall recommends installing a home security system and to never blindly answering a knock at your door. Makes sense to me. However, his first recommendation is what led me to write today.


Sgt. Marshall said that the best deterrent is a trained guard dog.

“Burglars don’t like to go to houses that have dogs,” Marshall said.

Now having a house with a dog and having a trained guard dog are two completely different things, right? Furthermore, I’d hate to see folks that are tight on funds obtain an untrained dog that may behave erratically simply in fear of a home invasion. Call me a worry wart, but it is risky advice. Owning a dog is huge responsibility and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

On a side note, check out this guard dog training site. Try getting through that first paragraph…

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4 thoughts on “A home’s best friend?”

  1. Oh, I agree: Dumb advice. A well-trained personal protection dog is expensive to acquire and takes a lot of time to keep the training up. Not for most families, not by a long shot.

    Seems to me if you already want a family dog — and that’s a big “if” — a friendly big dog who’ll sound a deep “woof” at the front door would be more than enough deterrent in most cases.

    What about those steel-screen security doors? Does their ugliness override their usefulness? I can’t decide.

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  2. I’m totally NOT one of those NRA gun-nuts, but the first thing I thought when I read this entry was, “What about a gun?” I’d think that a lot more people would be apt to run out and buy a gun before they would a dog. I don’t own a gun, but I considered buying a shotgun after my step-daughter caught some dude peeking into her bedroom window. On the one hand, guns probably provide a false sense of security and are a hazard to boot. On the other, if thugs ever came into your house to steal all your shit and do whatever they liked, you’d want a gun. Reason versus emotion, I guess.

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  3. My large dog with an imposing bark is more of a tripping hazard than a deterrent most nights.

    I’m sure he’s scarier than a pug barking at your ankles, but I think the sound of my 12 guage sliding a shell into the chamber would loosen the bowels of a would-be intruder faster than a dopey dog barking at you while wagging his tail.

    I wonder which one is more likely to go off unexpectedly? Considering that I lost the key to the trigger lock on my shotgun about 5 years ago, I guess my dumb dog is more likely to kill someone than the gun.

    P.S. please don’t tell the home invasion gangs about my trigger lock.

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