Security doors versus guard dogs, which works better to protect your home? We are here to shed some light on this question that’s pondered by many. Should you own a big scary dog or get security doors installed?

We’ll explore the pros and cons of each option and while we think we’ve come to a solid answer on which is better – we know that everyone’s circumstances are different. But you’ll be able to determine what’s best for you based on our arguments for each.

dogs and crimsafe

Guard Dogs – The Pros

Guard dogs are a great deterrent. Burglars take note of when a household has a dog and how it can draw attention to what they’re up to.

In a lot of instances, the presence of a dog can eliminate your house as a target for burglars. This is for a couple of reasons:

  • People don’t want to be attacked by a vicious guard dog.
  • The dog barking will notify the owner of the presence of a burglar.
  • Most guard dogs make lovely family pets and are great with children!


Guard Dogs – The Cons

Guard dogs need to be trained. It is not enough for them to be a ‘typical guard dog breed’. The dog will either be a useless guard dog (too friendly or complacent towards strangers) or will be too aggressive.

Poorly or untrained ‘guarding breeds’ dogs can become vicious, standoffish or just plain scary towards all visitors, even those who you invite in. So, appropriate training is required. If you are wanting a proper guard dog, there are professional services that will train your dog for you.

Dogs are a lifetime investment. Unlike security dogs, dogs need a lot of care! You need to feed, exercise and train them. Take them to the vet and make sure you’re keeping up with all their vaccinations and medications.

Dogs aren’t an inexpensive alternative. If you’re buying a dog from a breeder, you could be paying thousands for a new puppy (which can cost more than getting a Crimsafe door!). Not to mention the rest of the ongoing expenses like food, vet visits, training, toys, Halloween costumes and monogrammed collars.


white and black dogs inside Crimsafe security doors


Security Doors – The Pros

Not all security doors are made the same. If you’re going to get security doors, it’s best not to ‘cheap out’ and get doors that aren’t going to product you against all intruders. By installing Crimsafe Security Screens you can rest assured that you, your home and family will be safe.

It’s a once-off payment. Once you install your doors, there’s very little need for follow up maintenance. You’ll need to clean them every so-often and after a couple of decades you might want to replace them for a new colour or style. But as long as you’re locking them, they’re pretty set and forget!


Security Doors – The Cons

Security doors are a lot more boring and less photogenic than dogs. They won’t cuddle up on the couch after a long day and they won’t eat the scraps you drop on the floor when you’re making dinner.

Crimsafe Security Screens are a premium product, with a premium price tag. We know that Crimsafe isn’t the cheapest option, and we understand that it can be hard to afford. We try our hardest to make sure everyone can afford to feel safe in their homes, and as we mentioned above, price is also a con for guard dogs.


White dog using pet door on Crimsafe Security Screens to go outside


So, what do you choose?

Why not have both?

When it comes to security it is much better to have a dog than not have one. Even if your dog is super friendly, really sleepy or timid. A dog in the yard, even if they’re asleep, can deter intruders.

But if you install Crimsafe Security Screens you can give your dog a break from duty and rely on your security doors and windows to keep you (and your dog) safe.


Are you ready to take the pressure off your dog and install Crimsafe Security Screens? Give us a call on 07 3875 2326 or request a quote online.

Get a Quote