Canine security patrols are a tangible deterrent in the fight against crime. They provide a proven security presence that can’t be replicated by CCTV camera systems alone. Just one security dog team can replace four or more manned security guards.
Here are some of the benefits of having a guard dog on site:
Dogs have many adaptations for low-light vision. A larger pupil allows more light in whilst the centre of the retina has more of the light-sensitive cells (rods), which work better in dim light than the colour-detecting cones.
- Dogs have much more sensitive hearing than humans, hearing sounds four times farther away than we can. They can hear higher frequency sounds, can more easily differentiate sounds (e.g. they may recognise the sound of your car) and they can pinpoint the exact location of the sound.
All dogs have an amazing ability to detect scent. They have from 125 to 300 million olfactory sensory cells compared to five to 10 million for humans. What’s more, the area of the canine brain devoted to assimilating scent — called the olfactory bulbs — is four times larger than in humans. Thus, dogs are believed to smell from 44 to 100 times better than humans.
Compared to humans, security dogs are highly dexterous, with the ability to travers terrain that would be impassable to man. They are exceptionally nimble; they have the capability to clear obstacles such as walls and squeeze through tight spaces which would otherwise be impossible. They are incredibly strong and extremely fast, easily outrunning the most determined criminal.
The most notable benefit is its targeted aggression that offers a deterrent that know security guard can replicate. The importance of a bond between the handler and the security dog is established through ongoing training procedures.
Security dogs play an essential role in the fight against crime, the mere presence of security dogs can reduce the number of security guards required and with properly displayed signage, this is often enough to prevent any potential criminal activity.