ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Police dogs can take a suspect down within the blink of an eye but the latest trend is to take highly trained dogs home for protection.
Saturday afternoon St. Albans neighborhood watch members learned how police-trained dogs can be bought and kept at home for personal protection. It's that idea that brought St. Albans neighbor Brandi Barton to the meeting.
“We live in a place that's actually pretty safe we've never had any trouble but in the last six months, there have been a few break-ins mostly like my mother's medication,” Barton said.
Dog trainer and Nitro police officer Timmy Jarrell led the demonstration at Saturday’s Neighborhood Watch Ice Cream Social.
Jarrell said with burglaries on the rise, the concept of police dogs at home has become more popular.
“There's a lot more interest in concealed weapon permits, purchasing guard dogs, or personal protection dogs, much more so than in the past years,” Jarrell said.
The dogs can cost anywhere from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.
For those still unsure about the dogs, neighbors were also taught other safety tips.
“Things around your household like wasp spray, your keys … I've just never thought about that stuff before,” Barton said.
Jarrell advised those looking for greater protection to consider security systems (especially those that come with an outside advertisement), increased lighting and deadbolt locks.
Information about the police dog training program can be directed to the Nitro Police Department at: 304-755-0702.