Caught on Camera: Dog Door Fishing Lets Thief Snatch Purse

Caught on Camera: Dog Door Fishing Lets Thief Snatch PurseYesterday, we told you about what dogs can do to deter burglars, but there was one part of dog ownership that we left out: the doggie door.

A homeowner in Las Vegas caught a robber on camera using a pole leftover from recent construction to reach through a chihuahua-sized door and snag a purse from the counter. The purse, thankfully, was empty of any valuables, but the danger in leaving dog doors unsecured is clear.

The thief had a knife strapped to his belt, but he didn’t seem to need it. Instead he just reached through the open dog door. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to thwart these types of break-ins.

The easiest way to stop someone reaching through a dog door is to keep it from opening. Many dog doors come with sliding locks or even a secondary door that will lock out anyone. However, it will also lock Fido in, which could defeat the purpose of a dog door for many working families.

However, dog owners can also install smart dog doors. That’s right, even your dog can benefit from the smart home revolution. These doors only unlock when you pooch nears the door, thanks to an collar-worn proximity sensor. So either Fido’s barking will scare away any potential burglars by coming through the door or the door won’t open at all.

For more information, read our review of the best home security cameras. 

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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