Many of us have taught our kids to never open the door for a stranger. How many adults take those same safety precautions before answering the door?
Sure, we all want to be friendly and courteous. Yet not everyone coming to your door may have the same good intentions. In today’s society, you can’t trust that the person on the other side of the door is a friendly visitor.
Here’s what you should do when you hear a knock at your door:
· Use a security camera system to see who is at the door. Make the camera visible. A camera could deter someone with devious intentions. The camera itself will allow you to see who is at the door.
· Interact with the visitor using an intercom. This is an effective and affordable way to talk with a stranger without actually answering the door.
· Look out a window. If you don’t have a home security camera system watching the area outside your door, look out a window adjacent to the door. You can see who is there without them knowing you are home. Based upon what you see, you can make a decision about how to proceed.
· Talk through the door. Ask the visitor who they are and what they want behind the closed and locked door. Ask for identification. A legitimate visitor will understand and be happy to share ID with you.
· Use a door chain. A chain lock provides some security while allowing you to open the door enough to get the visitor’s identification for review. You can also use the chain lock to accept a small package or special delivery envelope.
· Send them home. If an unwanted visitor calls, or someone visits claiming to have an appointment you can’t verify, send them home. Tell them you’ll call to schedule their visit for another time.
· Use your phone or system camera. Take a picture of the visitor and email it to a friend. Call the company the visitor claims to represent to make sure things are legitimate.
· Trust your instincts. If your gut is telling you that something is wrong, then don’t open the door.
It only takes a second for a criminal to seize an opportunity to bring you harm. Be cautious. Be safe