When the weather is warm, it is prime for taking nice walks through the neighborhood. Unfortunately, not everyone taking a neighborhood walk lives in your neighborhood. This time of year is when the dreaded door-to-door sales people come out and you start playing the games to avoid being talked into a new encyclopedia set (do they still sell those?). You also never know if a sales pitch is legitimate or a security risk.
At Strauss Security, we have the tools you need to become your own version of 007 to avoid door-to-door sales pitches like a sophisticated spy. Here are 5 tips to spot a fake and also to avoid a sales pitch.
1. Signs of a Fake
Unfortunately, posing as an innocent salesperson can be a rouse for casing houses, stealing identities, or simply scamming you out of money. How do you spot these imposters? One simple way is to look for official company logos on clothing.
2. Mums the Word
If you do find yourself caught in a conversation, do not offer up any information that could be used to steal your identity. This includes any pets and children’s names, how long you’ve been married, and your favorite sports teams, all of which could be brought up in casual conversation. Hackers can access your home computer systems through your internet and any personal information you provide can guide a smart hacker to guess or re-set your passwords. Hackers can access your home computer systems through your internet and any personal information you provide can guide a smart hacker to guess or re-set your passwords.
3. Outside Only
Under no circumstances should you allow a salesperson inside your home. In fact, you shouldn’t even let them get a view inside your home. No matter who it is, legitimate or not, and you feel the need to engage in conversation – step outside your home and close the solid door behind you. If this individual is casing your home, you do not want to provide a guide to the inside layout of your home or where any valuables are kept.
4. Security Systems and Cameras
If you have installed a doorbell camera, you can take a peek as to whether it is a friend ringing your doorbell or a salesperson. This way, you can avoid opening the door at all if you do not know the person who is at your front door. You can purchase a video surveillance doorbell at Strauss Security to set up this extra line of defense.
5. Be Prepared
Depending on the time of day or the courage of the person, a simple door-to-door interaction could turn dangerous in the blink of an eye. If you have installed a Strauss Security home alarm, you will have a panic feature that you can activate if you feel you are in danger. You never know when someone will take advantage of a moment when the door to your home has been opened to them and you need that emergency security option.
CONTACT US TO SECURE YOUR HOME
Do all that you can to keep your home and family safe and secure this summer by knowing all the options Strauss provides. Visit our showroom or contact Strauss Security Solutions today and learn more about what tools we can provide to keep your home secure.