Safe Home Security advises you to take certain precautions and follow basic security measures when you're home alone, especially when someone comes to your door. These security measures are especially helpful to senior citizens, babysitters, those living alone and latchkey kids (Children that return to an empty home after school because one or more parent is working, or kids that generally spend a lot of time home alone.)
In addition to home alarm systems, one truly effective security tactic everyone has available to them is their internal alarm warning system, their instinctive gut-level response to potential danger. This internal warning system can be your best friend in the face of danger.
Many home invasions occur as a result of trickery by the intruder. They simply ask for directions or pose as home improvement workers, delivery persons, someone in distress, etc., so learning to trust your instincts is very, very important. If a stranger knocks at your door or rings your doorbell and you feel suspicious or afraid, your instincts are sending you a warning. Give yourself a moment to decide whether or not you truly want to answer the door. Stay alert, trust your gut instincts! Answering the door may not be the best move! If you believe you may be in danger, consider these safe home security tactics:
First, always use a peephole to identify who's at your door. Never open your door if you cant identify or know the person on the other side.
Keeping your door locked, speak to the person. Instruct them to present identification. Before opening the door, yell loud enough so that the person outside can hear you say something to the effect of I'll go get Jacob or Ill get it! This creates the perception that other people are in the house with you. Calling for a male in an assertive, concerned voice can be very effective. If the person states they are in distress, keep the door closed and offer to call for help for them.
When answering the door, always bring a cordless phone or a cell phone with you. If you're talking on the phone, lay it down and don't hang up with the friend that you're speaking with. You may even want to call someone and let them know that you're worried about a stranger at your door, and then remain connected to them on the phone until you feel the situation is over and you're safe. This empowers your friend to overhear what's going on and call for help, if needed. If the friend is a neighbor, they may be able to come by to check on you.
If you have a panic alarm, key chain alarm or key fob, have it with you and be ready to use it. Keep it near the door or on your person so that you can use it anytime your gut instinct tells you that you may be in trouble. You're always better off to hit the panic alarm and have your monitoring company call you. If youve sent a false alarm, you can simply let them know, but it's always better to be safe than sorry.
Remember, prior to opening your door, use your gut instincts to size up the situation. If the person at your door looks threatening to you, use your alarms panic features, or simply pick up your phone and call for help in some manner: call a friend, the police, etc., and stay on the phone. That way, you know someone is connected with you and knows what's going on until the police arrive.
Finally, be sure to teach children and babysitters about the risks of opening a door to strangers. And be sure your doors are well-constructed with heavy-duty deadbolt locks. It is not uncommon for the lock to hold, but the door or door frame to give way when forced.
Just because you're alone doesn't mean you have to be an easy target for criminals. Use these tips and your gut instinct to keep yourself out of danger and away from the threat of a robbery. Safe home Security also suggests that you install a professionally-monitored home alarm system so that whether you are home or away from home, at minimum, your house is continuously monitored. You alarm companys signage alone (yard signs, window decals, etc.) goes a long way to increasing your security when you're home.