Home security for pet owners can be a tricky proposition. Though some pets can actually enhance the security of a home, others can get in the way of comprehensive protection. Quality home security should not interfere with anyone’s lifestyle choices. Follow these simple pieces of advice to protect your home and family, whether they have two legs or four.

Home Security Systems and Pets: An Overview

There are a number of considerations to make when you’re planning your home security around pets. With home security systems, it’s important to remember how your pets might interactive, either intentionally or unintentionally, with equipment. For example, many alarm systems include a motion detector, which can be problematic for homes with large pets. The motion detector offered by Protect America uses movement and heat to detect organic objects larger than 40 pounds. Cameras and two-way voice communication can, and have been, used as a training tool for animals, especially dogs. With the right setup, users can view their live video feed and, if necessary, communicate with the animal through their control station.

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Security Devices and Pets

There are a broad range of available security devices besides home security systems. Door jambs, security film, and standalone camera systems can greatly improve the security of a house. Pets will interfere less with non-electronic security options but these can be more difficult to maintain and use effectively than monitored alarm systems. A range of security devices can also be more expensive than packages home security options from Protect America.

Your Pets’ Role in Home Security

What role your pet plays in home security is somewhat controversial. There’s no doubt criminals overwhelming agree that they avoid houses with dogs or other protective pets. However, many of these homes still get robbed and beloved pets can get hurt. Certain kinds of animals can be used to supplement your home security but your pets shouldn’t be your primary method of protection.