Crime Tracker: Know Who’s Knocking - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Crime Tracker: Know Who’s Knocking

Posted: Updated:

KHQ.COM - The warm weather usually brings vendors to our homes offering services like window washing and lawn care, but law enforcement reminds people there are some safety considerations you should contemplate before you open the door to a stranger.

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Travis Pendell says every person needs to be able to see who is standing on their front step before they open the door. He recommends the following:

  • Peepholes: Pendell says a peephole up high and one down low for the kids lets everyone in the house see who is on the front step.
  • A locking screen door: The Deputy says a screen door with a lock adds another layer of protection between you and the person on the other side.
  • Chain lock: These locks allow you to open the door slightly but makes it harder for a would-be intruder to push his way through.
  • Don’t open the door if you feel uncomfortable: Deputy Pendell says not to open the door if you don’t feel safe. He says you can even let the person down politely and ask them to leave a business card saying you’ll get back to them when you have a chance.
These are warnings that Deputy Pendell says everyone should take into consideration. Even though Spokane doesn’t see forced entries like this a lot, Deputy Pendell says that it’s a good time of year to remind people about the precautions they should take when they open the front door.
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Florida suspect's red flags weren't enough to stop gun buy

    Florida suspect's red flags weren't enough to stop gun buy

    Sunday, February 18 2018 12:52 PM EST2018-02-18 17:52:16 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - All the danger signs around the suspect in the Florida school shooting were not enough for relatives, authorities or his school to request a judicial order that might have barred him from possessing guns.    Just five states have laws that allow family members, guardians or police to ask judges to temporarily strip gun rights from people who show warning signs of violence. 

    More >>

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - All the danger signs around the suspect in the Florida school shooting were not enough for relatives, authorities or his school to request a judicial order that might have barred him from possessing guns.    Just five states have laws that allow family members, guardians or police to ask judges to temporarily strip gun rights from people who show warning signs of violence. 

    More >>
  • Man walking in NYC hit by fallen piece of fire escape dies

    Man walking in NYC hit by fallen piece of fire escape dies

    Sunday, February 18 2018 12:27 PM EST2018-02-18 17:27:03 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) - A man hit by a piece of fire escape that had fallen from a New York City building has died.    Police say 58-year-old Richard Marchhart died Saturday from a skull fracture he sustained when he was hit by the debris Friday.    Police say the Garden City man was walking on Broadway in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood when a piece of the building's metal fire escape hit him.

    More >>

    NEW YORK (AP) - A man hit by a piece of fire escape that had fallen from a New York City building has died.    Police say 58-year-old Richard Marchhart died Saturday from a skull fracture he sustained when he was hit by the debris Friday.    Police say the Garden City man was walking on Broadway in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood when a piece of the building's metal fire escape hit him.

    More >>
  • Second Bonners Ferry teen found safe in North Dakota

    Second Bonners Ferry teen found safe in North Dakota

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:10 AM EST2018-02-18 16:10:32 GMT

    BOUNDARY COUNTY, Idaho - UPDATE: The Boundary County Sheriff's Office confirmed Saturday afternoon that Alisa Hannaman has been found and is safe. The sheriff's office says the other girl, 13-year-old Kaia Kramer is still missing as of Saturday afternoon. 

    More >>

    BOUNDARY COUNTY, Idaho - UPDATE: The Boundary County Sheriff's Office confirmed Saturday afternoon that Alisa Hannaman has been found and is safe. The sheriff's office says the other girl, 13-year-old Kaia Kramer is still missing as of Saturday afternoon. 

    More >>