Police agree. Most of the time, the person at your door will be there for a legitimate reason, whether he is a friend or a stranger. If the visitor is a recognized friend, there should be no problem. If the visitor is a stranger, you should immediately be alert.
If a stranger is legitimately at your door, he will not object to you being cautious. Without opening the door, establish the visitor’s identity and the reason for the visit. If he refuses to show identification and will not leave, quietly go to the telephone and notify the police. Should the visitor produce identification, but you are still not sure of his intentions, telephone his business office for confirmation. If you still feel uncomfortable, ask the visitor to return in an hour. This will allow you sufficient time to contact a friend or relative to be present when he returns. Being cautious increases your safety and well-being.
There is no better safeguard than your own sense of awareness. Trust your intuition. If it doesn’t feel right, there’s a good chance it isn’t. Don’t be afraid to call the police for help. That’s why we’re here. The important thing to remember is this… we’re only a phone call away.