Sorry, I know this is long and happened a long time ago but it still itches.
While we've had dogs we never got burgled and neither did the houses on either side of us. Wolf and Arkus our house beasts, (German Shepard and Dobe) they didn't like anybody but took a shine to children and pretty much incorporated our neighbors kids along with ours into his fold, no one came into our yards without a response if they didn't know their smell.
If either barked at night, you could pretty much guaranty it was skunk, fox, opossum, coyote or someone where they weren't supposed to be. It rarely happened but bath robed and pissed I'd get up leash them and head outside.
Arkus passed away in 89 and Wolf the summer of 1990. Less than 6 mos after Wolf, passed away we got hit 3 times in 1 month. Then our insurance was cancelled, the police were apathetic, not once did they take finger prints, (whoever) had been in every room in the house and gone through everything.
I was positive whoever broke into our house lived nearby and knew my wife's habits, the break ins occurred when she went grocery shopping. I called the local high school and Voc/tech and asked the principals to send the attendance records to the local police station.
Less than a week later I get a call from a local police detective asking me if I had any idea why Mr. Knipple, (neighbor) would be asking the 2 schools to send attendance records to the department. I was stunned and kept silent as the rage began to grow for I don't know how long.
I then calmly asked the detective, "Are you stupid or do you think I'm stupid?" Apparently she was insulted or at least feigned so that I would put up such a question. Her response was, "Do you know who you're talking to?"
Before she could get anything more out I cut her off and I began my rant. "I believe so, I'm talking to an inefficient defective who may have been given the position rather than earn it. You and your departments skills leave much wanting. I'm taking to an apathetic department that has made no effort to solve the problems in our area. If you knew how to do your job the principals of the 2 schools I called would have confirmed the department had already requested the records for the specific days.
I then hung up, she never called back. However, I did have a couple friends on the force that told me to be an absolutely perfect citizen for then next year or so, I had ruffled some feathers at the department. I later found out that the female officer just may have been given the position, there were many angry males on the force that had the scores and seniority for detective but were bypassed for the Miss.
Maybe 3 weeks after the break in Our neighbor, (local social worker) came over and told us that the son of a woman she worked with said that 2 brothers who lived at the head of our road, (both in HS) had been bragging about a recent series of B&Es on our road. After relating this info to my police officer friend, nothing ever happened.
A few yrs later I also heard that one of the kids to hit my house was the son of one of the cops in town.