Saturday 16 December 2017

Dobermans bought to protect homes: FG TD

Higgins from Magnum P.I. with his dobermans
Higgins from Magnum P.I. with his dobermans
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Homeowners in rural areas are buying Dobermans and other big guard dogs to protect their properties as they live in fear of burglary gangs, a Fine Gael TD says.

The Irish Independent revealed yesterday how some homeowners have spent close to €10,000 on CCTV and electronic gates.

Now Fine Gael TD Ray Butler says he has noticed a growing number of householders turning to guard dogs.

The Meath West TD said crime is a "big issue" in his area.

"We had a couple of shops broken into there by gangs coming down from the city and coming down the motorway. We had a few ordinary household robberies as well."

"People have brought in a lot of extra security. The increase in big dogs around the countryside is immense - and I don't blame them," said Mr Butler, whose own home was burgled in 2004.

"The breeds would be [like] Dobermans, the bigger breeds of dogs. It's a cheaper form of security."

Doberman Pinschers were made famous by the 1980s TV show 'Magnum, PI', where two guard dogs continually menaced the eponymous hero, played by Tom Selleck.

Mr Butler says cameras targeting motorway junctions could help catch burglars.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has claimed burglaries have fallen since 2014, but has not yet provided up-to-date figures to support her theory.

Irish Independent

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