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  •  We have always had nice, noisy dogs (1+ / 0-)
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    and never had intruders.

    My late uncle the eminent criminologist told me decades ago that when people want to break into houses, they almost never choose houses with barking dogs.

    Makes sense, really.

    •  Even a Chihuahua will do (1+ / 0-)
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      Or a near neighbor with a dog, which will bark if someone comes on your property.

      I had a friend who lived a couple houses over, and her place wasn't never broken into in ten years time, because her next door neighbor had a yappy chihauhua.

      In my building, we all owned cats, and we had attempted breakins several times a year.

      On the other hand, I had a cat who woke me when a burglar broke into that apartment, and probably saved my life.

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