MOVE AND I'LL BITE!; Dogs Are a Better Bet Than Alarms - Survey

South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales), February 15, 2003 | Go to article overview

MOVE AND I'LL BITE!; Dogs Are a Better Bet Than Alarms - Survey


Byline: Steve Edwards Chief Reporter

PEOPLE in Wales are shunning traditional crime prevention methods in favour of Dobermanns and Alsatians.

That's the conclusion of a survey looking at the most favoured deterrents in the fight against crime.

The Welsh topped the poll in choosing dogs as the best defence against burglars and attackers.

A whopping 92 per cent of those surveyed said dogs provided more protection than burglar alarms and security lights - more than anywhere else in the UK.

The research was commissioned by leading specialist dog food manufacturer Purina to support the launch of an initiative highlighting the role of dogs in the fight against UK crime.

Commenting on the results, Claire Parry-Baggott from Purina Pro Plan said: ``Protection and crime prevention has never been a more pertinent issue for the UK public.

``To give you an example, separate research from Purina Pro Plan reveals that a massive pounds 65m of banned substances were recovered by HM Customs & Excise detection dogs last year.

``The results clearly confirm that dogs are now an essential part of our fight against crime - both in the home and nat i onw i de .''

Inspector John James from South Wales Police community safety department said: ``We encourage everyone to look closely at the way their home is secured. …

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