Make Your Home Safe and Secure
When a Stranger Comes to Your Door!
- Install good locks on doors and windows. Use them!
- Don’t hide keys in mailboxes and planters or under doormats. Instead, leave an extra set of keys with a neighbor or friend.
- Be sure your street address number is large, clear of obstruction, and well-lighted, so police and other emergency personnel can find your home quickly.
- Consider a home alarm system that provides emergency monitoring for burglary, fire and medical emergencies.
Be Alert When Out and About!
- Never open your door unless you know who is on the other side. Use a peep hole or window to see who is on the other side.
- Ask for photo identification from any stranger who comes to your door representing any service company, government office, delivery company or any other organization before letting them in.
- If you are the least bit worried after seeing identification, call the company to verify their need to be there.
- Never let them know that you are home alone.
- Do not leave valuables, such as wallets, pocket books, cash or cell phones in a location which can be observed from the door.
- Without being too obvious, attempt to notice what type and color vehicle the stranger is driving, and anything unusual about it. Jot down the license number if you can get it.
- Also notice anything unusual, or which stands out, about the person’s appearance tattoos, scars, etc.)
- If in doubt, or you don't feel comfortable, don’t let them in.
- Ask your neighbors to watch out for you, and watch out for your neighbors in return.
Watch Out for Con Artists
- Go with friends or family, not alone.
- Carry your purse close to your body, up under your arm, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
- Don’t’ carry credit cards you don’t need or large amounts of cash.
- Use direct deposit for Social Security and other regular checks.
- Whether you’re a passenger or driver, keep car doors locked. Be particularly alert in parking lots and garages. Park near an entrance.
- If someone or something makes you uneasy, trust your instincts and leave.
- Don’t fall for anything that sounds too good to be true—a free vacation, sweepstakes prizes, cures for cancer, low-cost-high-yield investment scheme, discount insurance, overseas money transfers, counterfeit check scams and etc.
- Watch out for home repair people coming to your residence for fraud repairs like-a falling chimney, your roof is rotting, attic bracing scam, toilet bowl scam, floor jack scam, inspector scam, driveway paving scam and you haven’t paid us scam.
- Never give your credit card, phone card, Social Security or bank account number to anyone over the phone, unless you have initiated the call. It is illegal for telemarketers to ask for these numbers to verify a prize or gift.
- Don’t let anyone rush you into signing anything like an insurance policy, sales agreement, or contract. Read it carefully and have someone you trust check it over.
- If you’re suspicious, call the Sheriff's Office (828-464-5241) , Better Business Bureau of the Southern Piedmont ( 1-877-317-7236) or National Consumers League Fraud Information Center (1-800-876-7060).