Don’t be fooled when dealing with unknown persons at your front door! With these tips from Maxidor, you’ll be able to spot a poser for what they really are…a criminal. Here’s how you and your family can stay aware and keep unsavoury characters out!
Criminals are clever at the art of disguise but, with the right knowledge, you can outsmart them. Some of the guises to look out for are people saying they are a telephone company employee, removal employee, electrical meter readers, and beggars looking for food or employment. Staying alert ensures that you are not caught out.
When it comes to meter readers, though, it might be a bit difficult deciding whether to let the person in or not. This is because by law this type of public servants must be allowed access to your home. It may be a good idea to relocate the meter to a place outside your home where it will be more accessible.
Otherwise, have a specific routine for dealing with “official” people. You can confirm their identity by asking for and identity card or book. But these can be forged so it might be worthwhile to call the relevant institution to confirm their employment and why they were called out to your property. And always look up the company’s telephone number rather than using the one they provide.
Teaching your family and employees how to handle strangers is very important, especially those who are usually home alone. Keeping them informed about deliveries, repairman visits, or other people to expect will prevent them from being misled. And make sure your family and employees know who is allowed into the house and to refuse access of those who do not fall under the “OK” list.
Some situations might require the family member or employee to check in with you. In case such a situation arises, make sure that they know how to get hold of you to ask about a visitor.
For more information on how to deal with unknown persons, visit the Maxidor website at www.maxidor.co.za.