Dogs are many other things in addition to “man’s best friend”. They can also be VERY helpful when it comes to our safety and protection. Having a dog or two can really put a damper on the plans of any burglars or unwanted trespassers.
Jack MacLane did a study called “Secrets of a Superthief” and found that 95% of thieves and burglars change their minds when they learn that the house has a dog. Burglars hate dogs. Of course there is the biting, but also the barking. Barking increases the chances of a neighbor looking out their window, or of someone walking by to look towards the house.
ABC’s 20/20 did an interview with a Chris Patterson who has been convicted 4 times for burglary and is now on parole. He said “No burglar wants to deal with a dog and so they won’t take the chance, and will probably avoid the neighbors’ houses too.”
You don’t even need a BIG dog! Little dogs, often times, are more annoying than big ones (I have a small dog and admit this is true) and its harder to keep them from barking.
Hey, you don’t even really need a dog. Having a SIGN that says you have a dog can fool burglars into thinking that you do. In most cases, all it takes is for them to SEE your dog sign and they’ll turn right around. They won’t even question whether you have a dog or if you’re just bluffing.
The Beware of Bowser Sign from Atlas can be the perfect security for you and your home.
If security isn’t a priority for you, the Beware of Bowser Sign could also be humorous or personalized for the family pet. It could say “guests must be approved by the cat” or “caution, dog can’t hold his liquor”. It could even be for your bird, snake, ferret, hamster, whatever it is. To each their own.
Here are a couple more tips for securing your home that we could help with.
1. Obviously, the big one is to have an alarm system installed. But, if having an alarm system isn’t an option for you, hanging a sign that says you have one is almost as effective. A burglar isn’t going to see the sign and check to see that you really do have an alarm system. They’re going to assume that if you have the sign, you have the system.
2. Another big one is a surveillance camera. Its strange, but burglars don’t like to be on camera. 😉 They’ll stay away from a house that has cameras set up near doors and windows. But again, if you don’t have the time or money to install one, a sign that says that there is a camera an be almost as effective.
Atlas has the perfect sign for this! Take a look at our “Under Video Surveillance” sign. We can make it say whatever you like. This property is protected by video surveillance, or protected by an alarm system and take out the camera graphic.