Not to be confused with are dogs good guard dogs. I am specifically looking for thoughts on whether or not people feel dogs are a general deterrent towards robbery. Over the course of the year several houses on my street have been robbed- including three of my neighbors (one next door, one behind, and one next door to the one behind). Me and my other next door neighbor have not been directly burglarized and we both own dogs. The police told my next door neighbor who was robbed (had his plasma tv, playstation, and 9mm pistol stolen) to get a dog as it would discourage being robbed in the future.