Home Defense 101: A Stranger at the Door

There’s a knock at your door. You’re home alone and you aren’t expecting anyone. Your heart races. Who could it be? What do they want? Are you in danger? Running a Caribbean background check on your neighbors and your hired help can protect you from dangerous strangers, and knowing how to respond and react to an unexpected visitor just might save your life. Follow these steps to keep yourself and your family safe.

  • Prepare

    There are plenty of steps you can take to protect your house from unwanted visitors or criminals. Post “No Trespassing” signs near the street and near your door. If you have a security system installed in your home, display stickers and signs where passers-by can see them. Keep your front and back doors well lit, and trim bushes and trees near each entrance. Deadbolt and chain your doors even when you’re home, and perform background checks on new neighbors, contractors or any helpers that you allow to access your yard and home.

  • React

    Despite these precautions, you may still receive unwanted visitors from time to time, and when a stranger comes calling, how you react matters. First, look through a nearby window to see if you recognize the visitor. If not, call out and ask how you can help. You may want to open your door a crack while leaving your chained lock in place. This will stop intruders from forcing themselves into your home.

  • Respond

    Never allow a stranger into your home when you’re alone. If someone says that there’s been an accident, do not let them in to use the phone. Instead, offer to call the police for them, then close and lock your door until the police arrive. Remember, safety is always more important than courtesy.

Any disturbing incident involving an unexpected visitor should be reported to the authorities. You should also discuss it with your neighbors, and if you’re worried about one of your neighbors or a hired contractor who is working on your home, complete a Caribbean background check to see if that person has a criminal history. Trust your gut, and if you’ve got a certain feeling, take it seriously. An overabundance of caution can seem silly in retrospect sometimes, but only when we’re wrong.