Pet owners go to great measures to prevent their pets from harm, infection, suffering, or separation. However, most pet parents have never considered burglary prevention as a measure to protect their pets.
Burglary Victimizes Pets, Too
There are over 8,000 homes burglarized every day in the United States. Break-ins and burglaries are terrifying for the occupants of the home; aside from lost belongings, the fear of imminent danger can take weeks, months, or years to overcome. The people living in the home are not the only victims, however. Pets are not as safe as homeowners may think. A quick internet search pulls up dozens of news briefs detailing the injury or death of a dog during a burglary. Thieves fear dogs, and when they meet a dog unexpectedly their first instinct is often to silence the dog through violent attack. Pets that are rare, purebred, or valuable are at further risk of theft by thieves, which permanently separates them from their familiar home and family.
Pet Safety Tips
The following pet safety tips can help homeowners protect their pets from a possible burglary:
Pet Safety Tip #1
Keep the home exterior well lit. Burglars avoid homes with well-lit entrances to avoid being spotted.
Pet Safety Tip #2
Leave a dog bowl and a chain on the back step to indicate dog ownership. Thieves fear dogs.
Pet Safety Tip #3
Consider purchasing a home security system. Security systems have become significantly more affordable in recent years, making them within reach for more families. Adding a monitored smoke detector to your alarm system will also protect your family pets from fire and smoke.
Pet Safety Tip #4
Microchip your pet.
Pet Safety Tip #5
Build a fence. A fence is a great deterrent for burglars who are more likely to choose homes with easy-access entrances.
Pet Safety Tip #6
Never leave your pets unattended in an unsecured yard
Pet Safety Tip #7
Going on vacation? Do not share that information on social media . Never let more people than necessary know when the home will be unoccupied. Leave lights on when absent to prevent the home from looking unoccupied.
Pet Safety Tip #8
Always lock doors and windows when not at home or sleeping. Never give a burglar an easy route in.
Pet Safety Tip #9
Break down or burn the packing material for expensive belongings. Never lay the box for an expensive electronic on the curb to advertise a new purchase which might invite a potential burglar into your home.
Following these few simple steps can protect homeowners and their pets from the lasting effects of a burglary. Don’t delay; take measures to protect your belongings and beloved pets today.