Answer, but don’t open your door

A couple nights ago, about 9:30 PM, there’s a ring at the front door.

It’s a young woman, holding her head, vocalizing about “being hurt” and “being in pain”. From what we could see through the peep-hole, there was a small child with her.

Oldest answered the door.

Actually, Sasha (our 100 lb Kuvasz) answered the door first.

BARKBARKBARKBARKBARKBARKBARK (in a most unwelcoming tone).

After we got her calmed down.

“Who is it?”

“I need help. I’m hurting.”

“Sorry, we cannot help you.”

I was fast asleep. Wife woke me up and quickly briefed me. By the time I got to the door, she was gone.

Wife mentioned seeing a car just up the road, that drove off shortly thereafter.

Yeah… it looks like someone targeted our house for burglary. Don’t know why, doesn’t really matter why.

But it’s a typical attempt.

Use a woman. Because no one would suspect a woman of being a criminal. And in this case, having a small child with them (which is particularly despicable).

Have a ruse. Something to gain sympathy. Something to cause you to open your heart and your front door. When you open the door, if they don’t rush in, at least they will survey all they can to determine if it’s a good target.

This is why it’s critical you ANSWER your door. It’s important to let them know someone is home. That’s why they are knocking – to determine if someone is home or not.

BUT this does NOT mean you have to OPEN your door. In fact, do NOT open your door (this doesn’t mean open the main door and leave the storm door locked — open NO door, so they cannot see inside and you keep as many barriers between you and them). You can speak just fine THROUGH your door. If you have one of those new video/audio doorbells, use that and speak through that. If you don’t, just project your voice and speak THROUGH the door. There is NO need to open it: answer it, but don’t open it.

You don’t need to have a conversation.

“Who is it?”

Even if you determine it’s someone to bother with, be certain of that before you open your door. If you have doubt, take precautions. Delivery people don’t need to come in. Were you expecting a pizza? Does this person have a pizza? Did they come from the place you ordered from? If you’re still in doubt, call the pizza place first and ask them who the driver is and if the person at your door matches.

Yeah, some might call you paranoid, but it’s your personal safety here. Do what you need to satisfy yourself.

If the person says “I need help” you can give a simple response:

“I will help you by calling the police to come help you.”

I reckon if someone is truly in need, they might be annoyed but will accept the help (tho of course today just about everyone has a mobile phone and could call the police themselves if they needed it). If they aren’t in need, I reckon they’ll decline and be on their way.

If needed, call the police anyways.

Don’t threaten that you have a gun. Don’t say anything about shooting. Keep things calm and polite (but firm) – don’t escalate until it’s evident it’s time to escalate. It might just be some annoying person wanting you to sign a petition (and that doesn’t understand that “No Soliciting” doesn’t just mean selling wares), and such escalation could cause you more problems.

Just be polite and firm. Answer – but don’t open – the door. Work to determine if it’s a conversation to have, and if not, break it off firmly, including an offer to call the police if needed.


15 thoughts on “Answer, but don’t open your door

  1. I can’t imagine what it must be like, to live in the US, where there is this seemingly constant fear;
    I’ve lived in Australia for nigh on 70 years now, and I’ve never had any qualms about answering the door, day or night. I’ve lived in small country towns, and large cities, ( Sydney Melbourne Perth & Brisbane) and I
    ve never ever hesitated there’s a knock on the door or the bell rings , I get up and answer and now in my 84 th year I can’t see the need to change.
    Australia; truly “The Lucky Country”

        • Beari, (or is it “beri-beri” ? 😉
          I worked on a sheep station in NSW, before you graced the country with your August personage.
          I still correspond with people living there.
          Peter H. was so afraid of anti-firearm environment that he was major agitated when I told him I’de like to send him a firing-pin for his lever-action Marlin that he used to shoot feral hogs & dingoes.
          (Peter is dead now from wounds received in Malaysia, PTSD, and being afraid of what the gov’t. in “OZ” has morphed into.)

          Keep your rosé-tinted goggles on since you are close to the end of your string…Perhaps you will die of old-age and not by having your infidel neck severed by one of your “emmigrant, new Australians” or some other violent criminal bludgeoning your geriatric, wanker arse to death.


          • By the bye
            I’ve worked in the iron ore towns in WA out in the Great Sandy Desert. Also in Nhulunbuy /Gove NT, and sheep country down the South of Perth the Narrrogin area. I suppose you are familiar with those too?
            I also served the the Australian Army I suppose you were one of the Rats of Tobruk, and it;s immigrant you foul mouth bludger!

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  3. LordBeari – being cautious and/or smart in your interactions with others doesn’t equal “living in fear.” We wear a seat belt and own a fire extinguisher because it’s smart and safe – not because we live in fear.

  4. I can’t speak about Australia but lived most of my life in UK and Criminals do play tricks like that over there. So even countries with severe gun control are not safe. As a precaution I managed to create my own home made Pepper Spray (I even tried it on myself – never again). Now I live in Texas where I can now walk down the street “open carrying” a 45 auto on my right hip, sleep with a 9mm under my pillow while my wife keeps her revolver in her bedside drawer, in the walk in closet is my IIWI Tavor loaded with a 60 round snail drum. If there is ever an unexpected ring on the front door then I approach the door with pistol in hand (in condition 1).

  5. Good advice . I’m a retired small town police detective. In gypsy gangs the women often do the actual burgs while the men drive the getaway car. Those women have no qualms about fighting a homeowner or the police either

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