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5 Ways to Keep Yourself Safe When Your Doorbell Rings

Posted: March 18, 2014

It's a common item on the news: A thief breaks into a victim's home not by forcing the door open, but by ringing the doorbell and overpowering whomever answers. So, keep safe when you answer the door, with these strategies.


1. Mount a "No Soliciting" Sign

It sounds simple, and you might wonder what a simple piece of plastic from the hardware store could possibly do to keep away potential thieves. What it does is deprives them of excuses. You can't pretend to be a door-to-door salesman or a charity worker knocking on doors when you have a sign mounted that explicitly tells people not to knock on your door in the first place.


2. Speak to Unknown Visitors Through the Door

You may have to speak up, or install an intercom, but the simple fact of the matter is that you can't get through the door if the door isn't open. Speaking through the door both keeps you safe and allows you to explain to unwanted visitors (whether or not they may be thieves) that you simply don't want them in the house.


3. Coordinate with Services

While you may be able to ward away annoying salesmen and the like, there are people you'll have to arrange to come to your home: generally repairmen and other service employees. So how do you know they are who they say they are? When you call to schedule an appointment, explain your concerns to the operator or supervisor and ask for a specific name of the individual they're sending over. Make sure this service issues ID cards with identification numbers.
If that's not possible, instead arrange for the repairman to ring your bell, stand in front of your window and call your cell phone directly. You'll be able to visually confirm who they are and that they're actually calling you.


4. Use a Floor-Mounted Door Blocking Device

While a door chain is a popular device for allowing you to open a door only partway, the truth is that door chains aren't really intended to keep a dedicated individual from breaking in. A sharp, well-timed kick is generally all that's necessary to break the chain.
A floor-mounted door block, on the other hand, can't be kicked past. It generally relies on the strength of your floor to hold the door closed, giving you time to slam it on those trying to get in.


5. Have a Panic Button

Another great way to help stay safe is to have a monitored home security system installed by Protect Your Home. With a monitored security system, you’ll be able to rest easier knowing your home is being monitored for break-ins, and you’ll receive a wireless key fob for arming and disarming your system, which includes a panic button.
Don't live your life in fear: Call us at Protect Your Home and we'll help install the system that is right for you and your needs.