When you receive a knock at your door, do you know who is standing there? It could be a relative or friend. Could it be a criminal? The following tips may reduce your chances of becoming a victim of a crime. Don’t forget to teach your children.
- Don’t open your door unless you can identify the person. Keep your deadbolt locked and use your window or peep hole to see outside. Chain locks can be broken by pushing from the outside with minimal force.
- At night, keep your outside light on at all times to help you and your neighbors see who is at your door.
- If a stranger needs help, you can certainly call 911 without opening your door.
- There is no problem in talking through a closed door. You and the stranger can hear each other.
- Always confirm identities from repair persons before opening your door. Don’t rely on the phone number that they provide you. Use your telephone book and look up the name of the company and call.
- If you see repair companies in your neighborhood and do not recognize obvious problems, call the repair company to confirm that work is taking place in the area. Call the police if the company cannot confirm.