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Your four legged best friend could play a vital role in keeping your home safe from burglars, according to the latest research released by the Petcare Information and Advisory Service (PIAS).

The National People and Pets Survey found that 88 per cent of dog owners agree that having a dog around the house deters burglars. Over a quarter of a million Australian homes were broken into at least once in the 12 months prior to a recent survey, undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, with a similar number being the target of an attempted break-in.

Leading insurance companies agree that dogs can be an effective deterrent to burglars. Lyndell Fraser, head of personal insurance for GIO, said that owning a dog was one of
the measures that could help reduce the chance of theft.

"There are numerous precautions home-owners can take to minimise the chance of being burgled, from ensuring they have secure locks on all doors and windows through to installing alarms or owning a dog," Ms Fraser said.

"Although we would never suggest that owning a dog is a homeowner's only line of defence against burglars, anecdotal evidence suggests that thieves are less likely to target homes where it is obvious that a dog is on the premises."

"Dogs are protective of the people and places they perceive as belonging to their family and it is clear from the research that they provide peace of mind for owners," says Ms Susie Chaseling from the Petcare Information and Advisory Service.

Quote from local dog owner about feeling more secure with a dog on the property. "One of the main benefits of having a dog on your property is its ability to alert neighbours if an intruder enters the property. A dog's bark is more of a deterrent than its size or ability to physically protect a site," says Ms Chaseling.

While the security that a dog offers its family is reassuring, it is only part of the reason for owning one.

"Dogs are much more than just an alarm system - they provide companionship and unconditional love to the household they are part of. With proper training and care, your dog will provide you with years of loyalty as well as providing increased feelings of safety and security," says Ms Chaseling.

Petcare Information and Advisory Service Australia

Last Update: 13/05/08 10:43 Views: 4112

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