How Do You Secure a Dog Door From An Intruder?
For pet owners with indoor/outdoor pets, installing a pet door in your home isn’t so much a convenience as it is a necessity. But as you might expect, cutting a big hole in your front door and covering it with a flimsy plastic flap isn’t exactly ideal for home security. Fortunately, with a little planning on your part, you can secure a dog door from intruders and make your doggy-friendly home a little less of a target.
Do Burglars Use Dog Doors?
A committed burglar will use any means necessary to enter a home, and accessing a dog door is certainly no exception. A dog door designed for a large dog like a great dane or Saint Bernard will certainly be big enough to accommodate an intruder willing to crawl on all fours for a few seconds. So yes, an accessible dog door is most certainly a welcomed point of entry for someone wanting quick access to your living space without creating a lot of distraction or destruction. Fortunately, there are ways you can keep your home safe without limiting your pooch’s free reign of the house and yard.
Pet Door Safety Tips
If your four-legged companion requires constant in and out access by way of a dog door, not to worry. Though there are no tips or tricks that will keep your home 100% secure all of the time, there are some tactics you can use that will maintain your dog door’s functionality without turning it into a “come one come all” invitation to intruders. For instance…
Buy the right size dog door
Naturally the most effective way to deter potential burglars from accessing your home via doggy door is to simply get a smaller doggy door. Obviously that’s not an option for the great dane and Saint Bernard owners of the world, but if your 30 pound cocker spaniel is in need of yard access, a medium-sized dog door (roughly 9” x 12”) is plenty big enough.
Install in a wall
The problem with door-mounted dog doors regardless of size is that they still put the intruder close to your door locks; locks that could be easily accessed with a long tool or apparatus. Many pet owners choose to skip the door entirely and, instead, install the dog door into a wall in the home. Doing so requires some time and a great deal of precision, and it might be best to leave something like this up to a licensed contractor.
Use motion sensors/timers
Adding some automatic timers and/or motion sensors to your outdoor lighting can be an excellent way to discourage intruders from tampering with your dog door. Illuminating your yard at night can certainly cause a burglar to have second thoughts.
Get a beware of dog sign
Where there’s a dog door, there’s gotta be a dog, right? Even if your fur baby is the sweetest, snuggliest little pooch in the entire world, the fear that there’s a ferocious beast lurking on the premises is enough to stop a would-be intruder in their tracks.
Put it out of sight
If possible, simply install your dog door in a place where it’s not going to be blatantly visible to every passerby. Instead of going with the front door, consider installing in a more conspicuous location like a garage entrance or an egress door.
Invest in a security system
Of course whether you have a doggy door or not, the best way to protect your home is to invest in a reliable home security system. The right system will keep your home monitored 24/7 and can provide your family the security and assurance they need. If you have questions about the capabilities of a custom home security system, or want to know which option(s) might be right for your home, contact Barcom Security.
Mind you, the unfortunate reality is that no home is 100% safe from intruders. But you can take steps to keep your property and your loved ones (including the pets) as protected as possible. And while a dog door is certainly a means for potentially nefarious trespassers, you can take steps to secure your dog door from intruders. If you’d like to know more about keeping your home secure, or would like to inquire about custom home alarm security options for your home, contact Barcom Security.