We don't answer our phones without checking caller ID first, yet people feel compelled to open their front doors everyday without knowing who it is, according to Edward Marchiselli, President and founder of AsktheSeal.com.
There are two recent and very compelling examples in the news of why we should not open our front doors for people we do not know. One was a woman who was home alone with her one year old, who thankfully did not open her door for the person who knocked unexpectedly. He had a gun in his hand while two accomplices hid around the corner with zip ties in hand. This chilling incident was caught on a security camera http://www2.tbo.com/news/2012/jan/04/hillsborough-deputies-search-for-home-in-40839-vi-25564/ and should be a lesson to us all. Another sad story was the woman who opened her door for ironically a door-to-door home security salesman. The woman stated that she could not make a decision because her husband was not home. The man then forced his way through the open door, assaulted her and threatened her life if she told anyone http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/article1208619.ece.
Here are some simple tips to stay safe:
According to Edward Marchiselli, President of consumer safety company AsktheSeal.com, "People know they should not open the front door for strangers, but when that doorbell rings, the Pavlovian urge to answer it is overwhelming. It's difficult and at times impossible to communicate through a closed door. You don't want to be rude and you wonder if there is an important reason the person is there. You need to decide how you and your family are going to handle these unexpected knocks before they happen and stick to the plan. An intercom is great if you have it. Regardless of whether you are able to communicate or not, you should not open your door for anyone who you did not call and schedule an appointment with. Even when you have a scheduled appointment, you need to be sure the person at the door is the person you are expecting."
- Will they be driving a marked company car?
- Will they be wearing a uniform?
- Will they have a company photo ID Badge?
- Have they passed a national and local criminal and sex offender background check?
- How long ago was their last background check?
- What is the company’s policy on hiring people with criminal convictions?
- What offenses disqualify applicants from employment and specifically from being sent to your home?
- Can they email you a photo of the employee so you can be sure it is them at your door?
About AsktheSeal.com- AsktheSeal.com is a free service to consumers and no login is required. Companies with the AsktheSeal.com Seal of Approval can email you a photo of the person coming to your home with verification of their annual criminal background check. The employee showing up to your home will have a photo ID issued by AsktheSeal.com further verifying their background check.