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…