It is always better to be safe than sorry, which is why improving your home defense is utterly necessary. Read on to find out some safety tips for answering your door.
Home Defense | Don't Open That Door Just Yet
Sometimes, it is hard to be cautious yet polite when answering the front door. Many of us find it difficult to put safety first without feeling like we're being rude. But nowadays, we can't be too trusting because not all bad guys actually break into our houses. There are times they simply knock on our door, pretending to be someone else, and mask their evil intentions. So before opening the door, keep this home defense safety tips in your mind and be careful who you let into your home.
1. Think Before Answering the Door
Before you answer the door, think if you are expecting anyone. Whether or not you are, ask the visitor to identify himself. Do not open the door immediately without asking them first who they are, particularly if you're home alone.
2. Don't Forget the Peephole
When you hear someone knocking on your door, it is always best to check the peep hole first before opening it. If you can't get a glimpse of the person knocking, you can use your window to take a peak. You'll be able to determine if it's a family member or a friend or it can also be a utility company vehicle.
3. Use Your Phone
When someone is looking for a particular family member, it would be best to take a picture of the visitor and send it to whoever needs to confirm. You can also just call them and ask if they are expecting a visitor and if they know who the person is.
4. Install a Chain Lock
Being able to crack the door open without unchaining your lock is a great security feature. This is also useful if you need to grab something small from someone without the need to unlock the door.
5. Make a Phone Call
Call whoever your visitor says they represent to ensure they did send someone out to your home. If it is a repair guy, look for the number of their office in the phone book or search the internet yourself. Do not just simply call the number the visitor gave you.
6. Keep Home Defense Weapons Handy
Keep emergency weapons around just in case something bad happens. Place them close to you or some place easy to reach, especially at night. It's a last resort, but having a weapon nearby can spell the difference between life and death. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
7. Don't Brush Off Your Gut Feeling
If you feel like something is wrong, there's probably something wrong. Go with your gut! Do not ignore your “gut feeling” because it can save your life. It is an unspoken part of situational awareness.
8. Don't Be Afraid to Reschedule
On the occasion that you cannot verify the visitor's identity, reschedule their appointment on a later date. This will give you time to check on them and to ensure you know who they are before allowing them inside your home.
9. Educate to Keep Your Family Safe
Educate every member of your household on these practices to keep the whole family safe. Stay cautious and teach your family to do the same. Knowing the best safety practices when someone knocks on your door can help you have a more secure and happy home.
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Nowadays, we can't always be so trusting. We no longer have the luxury of simply believing a stranger's word without questioning first. With home invasions happening all over, you have to be extra sure before letting a visitor in. Taking these steps to ensure your safety is necessary especially if you are home alone. Precaution is key when approaching a visitor at your door. Stay safe!
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