Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Who's At The Door?!

Awareness is especially important at night, and particularly when you have "visitors" coming to the door at odd hours.  Those hours that you relax from a hard day before you turn in for the night is not the time to let your guard down.  We live in an ever-changing and dangerous world, and the criminals are not taking a break or finding ways to let their victims off the hook.

As shown in the video below, a lone female coming to the door can be as innocent as someone needing your help, to a setup for an ambush and home invasion by armed thugs.  Take a look...

Some things that you can do to prevent this type of situation:
  • Beef up your entryway hardware.  Have good deadbolts, hinge guards, and bolt guards.
  • Always be thinking ahead.  Be that "Wargaming Sheepdog" who thinks about all the possibilities and then has already thought of how to deal with those possible scenarios.
  • Never open the door to unexpected strangers, especially late at night.  Look through the peep-hole and ask who they are and what they want.
  • Consider a door-bell style or porch mounted security camera that allows you to see them and ask who they are.  Turn the camera's record feature to "on."
  • Consider having pepper spray or even a firearm close by or preferably in hand.  At the very least, have a powerful tactical flashlight in hand.
  • If you have an alarm system, consider mounting a panic button near the entryways.  Most alarm entry keypads have a panic button built in.
  • There is no law stating that you have to answer the door.  Just don't answer.

Be aware, be cautious and think before opening your door at night, and have a plan for how to deal with a potential home invasion.

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