When going on holiday or away for a few days from your home, advertising that you are not there on social media (with not very secure privacy settings) can be an invitation for burglars to go to your home. To not risk this make sure all your social media settings are on private so only people you trust can see where you are!
Having a dog in your house hold is a very good layer of security; it’s just like having a personal guard dog. A dog’s bark will repel the majority of burglars. This is something a locksmith does not advise to do just for the protection of your home; a dog should be loved and cared for. As a solution you could purchase an electronic barking dog alarm system, which will have the same effect.