Protecting Yourself From Potentially Harmful Solicitors

shutterstock_61884454Solicitors come in all shapes and sizes. They could be Girl Scouts trying to sell cookies, Mormon missionaries, neighborhood kids trying to earn money for a trip or businessmen trying to sell a service or product. Some occupants might not mind some solicitors at their door, but all homeowners should be mindful of people who knock with bad intentions and have the home security equipment in place to stop them in their tracks.

There have been recorded cases where one person will pose as a solicitor while others in his or her group enter a house from a blind spot and commit a burglary right under the homeowner’s nose. While this is just one type of situation, it is always best to be on guard when people come knocking on the door. My sister’s rule of thumb is that unless someone calls her beforehand, she does not open the door. This might be a tad extreme for most people, but I recommend you watch who you open the door to, especially after dark.

Protecting larger homes against solicitors is more difficult than apartments and smaller homes. This is because there are more zones for these solicitors to potentially attack. Protect America designs security packages for larger homes – its “Gold Security Package” includes enough door/window sensors to defend multiple zones that solicitors could enter. Protect America also includes a motion detector for added security that can monitor a larger area where you might not place a sensor. While some people view them as minuscule and obsolete,  the yard signs that come within the Gold package have been known to scare off potentially harmful solicitors and crooks because these individuals would rather deal with those people who have no type of security at all.

Other than these robust solutions, make sure to check the peephole or side window before opening the door for unexpected visitors. The person or persons standing outside your house may be perfectly harmless, but it is better to err on the side of caution rather than becoming a potential victim. In addition, having a motion sensor light is a good way to scare off any impending threats to your home. Further, having a home automation system that allows you to turn your lights on and off  is a great way for you to deter harmful solicitors that might be watching your home while you are on vacation or a business trip.

Many times solicitors have good intentions but there are also instances where harmful solicitors might cause a safety concern for you, your family and your property. That is why it is so vital to have a great security system like those offered through Protect America protecting you and your loved ones.

Posted on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014