Jeff Clark Insurance
Our typical reaction when we hear someone at the door, is to be polite and welcoming. The rising home invasion incidents all over the country is making everyone a target. What you might not know is, you are putting yourself in danger, when you answer the door.
What Are The Risks?
Nowadays, home invaders no longer have to sneak in the middle of the night. They are changing tactics and homeowners are making it easy for them to get in. Breaking in is not an option anymore, as it alerts homeowners and security systems inside the home. They are now knocking on the door of their next unsuspecting victims.
It isn’t just strangers you have to be cautious with. Criminals are now assuming the identities of delivery staff, public utility service, distressed person looking for help and many more.
You are in great danger, especially if you are alone. Being in your home makes you less alert and cautious of any threats.
Do’s and Don’ts Of Safely Answering The Door
Always check who is at the door first. The door is your strongest protection from a potential threat lurking outside your home. Get all the information you need to identify the person and take time to verify if the information is real.
Unexpected visitors knocking at your door should raise some suspicions. Even if you are expecting anyone on that day, be sure to let them identify themselves before letting them in.
Use the peephole at your door, or a window if you don’t. It’s your opportunity to identify and determine if the person knocking is a friend, family or someone else.
If you are expecting a repairman, be sure to request a job or service number and the names of people they would be sending. So that you can easily identify and confirm that you are letting in the right person into your home. Use your phone to let someone know that you have let someone in your home, especially if you are alone.
Use the chain lock if you need to crack open the door. But be careful not to stay in arm’s length when you do. This way, the person on the other side can slip and hand you small things or their identifications, without the need of opening the door completely.
If that someone at the door is adamant and pressuring you to let them in, don’t. Stick with the plan and rules that keeps you safe.
When they are looking for someone in the family who is not at home, tell them to come back some other time. And, if the unexpected presence is a utility worker, ask for a reschedule then confirm the visit with their company.
Protect your home and yourself from any unforeseen incidents. Get a Home Insurance from a trusted source. At Jeff Clark Insurance Agency LLC, we do our best in making sure that our clients are well-protected with affordable and comprehensive policies. To learn more about how we can help you, please contact our agency at (864) 814-3003 or Click Here to request a free quote.