More Dogs in Your Neighborhood Might Mean Less Crime

But, it's not just because your dog is scaring off burglars. It's also because you are.

Researchers at Ohio State compared crime stats in different neighborhoods to how many dog owners there were. They found that more canines does equal less crime. But, it’s not just because your dog is scaring off burglars. It’s also because you are. They found that people who walk their dogs basically have the same effect as neighborhood watch groups patrolling the streets. If lots of people are out walking their pets every day, they notice when anything weird is going on. so it ends up being a crime deterrent.