Safety Tips when Dealing with a Knock on the DoorBy Child Safety Specialist July 17, 2012 | 10:00 AMPosted in: Home, Personal Safety
With kids out of school during the summer and home more,
“door-to-door scams” are more prevalent.
It’s vital to not only to be aware of the situation but to be able to
alert your family of this scary situation, along with some home security tips
on how to protect yourselves when dealing with a knock on the door.
Recently, it has been reported that people posing as ADT or
other alarm company workers have been going door-to-door, and are quite
persistent in trying to get into your home.
The best safety tip In order to protect you and your family
from falling into these door to door security sales man scams, is to know first of all
what to look for. Here are some signs that you have a poser on your hands:
•They say your current alarm service provider has
gone out of business
•They say that if you allow them to place a sign
in your front yard advertising their company you will be given a free system
•They are wearing a shirt with a logo of an alarm
system manufacturer and not company (such as GE – they make the
alarms but do not sell them)
•They have no identification of any kind,
including a company ID or business card
•They are not in a marked company van
If you don’t have a home security
system, it is also necessary to be
aware of what to do if you do have an encounter with one of these con-artists:
•NEVER give out any personal information
regarding yourself or your home
•NEVER give out confidential information such as
your social security or credit card numbers
•Through a locked door, always tell them you are
While this is especially common in the summer time, peaking
during the months of June and August, but be advised that it can happen at any
time. If you even slightly suspect that
someone at your door is an imposter, it’s best to not answer the door at all.
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