Some tips on home security and the nuisance that is door to door salesmen.
- Do not under any circumstances let door to door salesmen into your house. While their product may be legitimate, you don’t know this person, and by letting him or her into your house, they are seeing everything that you have to steal, whether or not you have an alarm, dogs, or a moat. Letting strangers into your house compromises your security at the most fundamental level.
- There are no free lunches. If someone from the Kirby Company comes to your front door and offers to clean your carpet “for free”, it is not free, and you will have to suffer through a 3 hour sales pitch to get you to buy a 2,000 dollar vacuum. Same goes for Cutco knives, or any of those shysters. Ask questions. Nothing is free. Keep asking questions until you find the hook, and if they don’t tell you the hook, tell them to scram.
- Additionally, companies like those above are the driving force behind why you never let a stranger into your house – I almost worked for Kirby when I was in college, and let me tell you, some of the people they hired were not exactly “cream of the crop”.
- If you’re talking to a salesman and they’re on your porch, keep a buffer between them and you. For example, at my house, our front door has an exterior glass door – it’s actually storm glass so it’s pretty shatter resistant. If there is anyone on my porch, salesmen or otherwise, the storm door stays closed and locked between us so that I have that barrier of protection.
- Don’t forget that it’s your property. If you ask someone to leave, kindly or not, they are legally required to leave. If they don’t, then they’re trespassing, and you should call the Five-Oh. If you make the mistake of letting a salesman into your house, then they will do everything in their power to not leave your house until they’ve made a sale. Your most powerful weapon is “If you’re not out of here in 10 minutes, I’m calling the cops.”
Door to door salesmen are thankfully a dying breed, but they’re still pretty damn annoying. Homeowners will constantly be pestered by people coming by to sell them the latest knives/vacuums/poodle restraint devices/cocaine/whatever, and a lot of the time, homeowners just give in. You don’t have to do that – it’s your house, and you have every right to be safe and secure in your house. If that means you have to tell some poor slob to “f*ck off”, then that is what you have to do.
Being master of your own property, your home is one of the most fundamental rights that exists.