Let’s face it: being home alone can sometimes be quite worrying, especially when an unknown individual comes knocking at your door. In a situation like this, it’s always better to exercise some caution as opposed to blindly opening the door.
Statistics indicate that A Large Number of Burglars Actually Break-in occur during the day. Another particularly disturbing statistic is that a large number of Burglars Actually Break-in to a Home via the Front Door.
That’s why it’s very important to be wary when a stranger knocks at your door. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when you hear a couple of ominous knocks.
Try and get a look at whose knocking
If your front door has a window, avoid looking through that one. What you want to do is get a glimpse of whose outside in order to determine whether or not you know them. Try looking out a window which gives you a good view of your front door without the person whose knocking being able to see you.
If you don’t know the person, you can ask them who they are through the door. You can also choose to ignore the person completely. That’s completely up to you.
Install a door chain
A door chain is a type of lock which is used in conjunction with other locks on a door. The purpose of a door chain is to allow you to communicate with someone on the other side of your door while preventing them from gaining entry into your home.
That way, if a stranger comes to your door and you want to open the door to speak to them, you can use a door chain to ensure that the door only opens a certain amount and you are safe from a forced entry.
Call out to someone in your home
When going to check who’s on the other side of the door or when opening the door to see what a stranger wants, it’s a good idea to holler out to someone else in your home, even if you’re home alone. On your way to the door, just scream out ‘I’ll get it’ or ‘I’m going’ or something along those lines.
The reason for doing something like this is to give the person on the other side of the door the impression that you’re not home alone.
Keep a phone handy
There’s no such thing as being too cautious. When answering the door for a stranger, keep a phone handy. That way, if the situation turns sour and you need to call for help, you have easy and quick access to a phone.
Be careful about what information you give out
If you do open the door for a stranger, be very careful about what information you choose to give out. A burglar could pose as a salesperson and attempt to ask you a number of very personal questions. If you get asked questions like:
What hours do you normally work?
What time are you usually home?
Do NOT answer them!
Answering such questions can give a potential burglar vital information about your habits and your home. This information could help them in planning a burglary. Always remember that you are well within your rights to refuse to answer any questions you don’t want to answer!
Inquire without opening the door
If you’re uncomfortable opening the door for someone you don’t recognize, you can inquire about who they are through the door. Ask them to identify themselves. If you find them to be suspicious, you can ask them to leave.
If they claim to be there for survey, maintenance, or sales purposes, ask them to leave a card or a phone number and tell them that they need to make an appointment before coming.
Taking precautions for the safety of you and your family, as well as your home is an absolute necessity. While it is true that not everyone is bad or harbors ill will towards you, being cautious is extremely important. Always try and gain a clear idea of whose knocking at your door. Follow these tips and be smart when it comes to opening the door for anyone you don’t recognize. Just remember – you’re not obliged to open the door for anyone you don’t know or anyone you find suspicious.