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Crime Tracker: Know Who’s Knocking

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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.
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