Home Security and Your Pets Explained
Pets are constant companions, and many pet owners consider them to be every bit a member of the family. The majority of American households have at least one pet, but these family members are too often overlooked in your home security plan.
Having pets presents some unique home security challenges. In some cases, the entries and exits for your animals become an access point for a burglar. Could a burglar use your dog door to break into the back door of your home? Do you usually leave a window open so that your cats can get outside at night? Once you have pets, make sure that your daily routine does not present weaknesses that can be exploited by intruders.
In the past, having pets and a home security system was a bit frustrating. Old styles of motion detectors were often set off accidentally by pets. Today’s more sophisticated motion detectors are able to tell the difference between a pet and a person. You won’t have to worry about a false alarm after the motion detector is triggered by the movements of a family pet. If you’ve had bad experienced with an overly sensitive motion detector in the past, rest assured that today’s detectors are designed with pets in mind. These motion detector alarms are a critical part of any home security plan, alerting you to potential intruders who have made it into your home.
Pets should also be taken into account when planning other aspects of your emergency plan. Your emergency kit, if you have one, probably contains everything your family would need to survive at least a few days. If you don’t have any emergency kit at all, of course, you need one. Families that are prepared with an emergency kit often overlook the needs of their pets. Don’t forget to include pet foods, any necessary pet medications, and perhaps a way of restraining your pet in case your home is no longer safe to enter. You don’t want Fluffy or Fido to run away in the aftermath of an earthquake, after all!
When you’re away from home, you can watch pet sitters and pets via nanny cams. Do you want to make sure your pet sitters or your children are being nice to your kittens? What about making sure your new puppy isn’t chewing up the house? A nanny cam is an unobtrusive way to watch how your pets are faring when you’re not there, whether you’re in the next room or miles away from home.
Additional safety measures can be taken that are particular to your pet. For example, have your pet microchipped, especially if he is allowed outside or if he is a rare or exotic breed that may be stolen. If you let your pet into the yard to play and run, consider an invisible pet fence to make sure he doesn’t stray too far.
Whether you want to make your pets secure in the home, or are worried about how to protect them in an emergency situation, a little forethought into your home security options can give you the assurance that your pets will be safe and sound, just like every other family member.