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Old 06-22-2008, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Hillsborough County
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I'm always amazed when I hear about people who answer their front door late in the evening when a stranger knocks, then are overtaken by thieves.

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A ring of thieves was recently arrested in New Tampa for doing this, and it happened in a nice neighborhood near mine in Eastern Hillsborough County. A writer for The St. Petersburg Times left his computer on the back porch to open the door for someone, only to return to the porch and discover it had been stolen!

Do you open your doors to strangers, day or night? I would never do this.
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Old 06-22-2008, 01:42 PM
 
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No, I don't open my door to strangers. Especially if they're wearing white shirts, black ties, and wearing name tags.

But seriously, If I look out the peep hole, and even see random kids selling stuff, I often don't even open the door. I despise soliciting (and potential thieves who present as such). So anyone knocking on my door unexpectedly is usually up to shenanigans I say, shenanigans.
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Old 06-22-2008, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Jupiter
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Thumbs down Never!!

I would never open the door to strangers...unfortunately...some areas have become targets for the unsuspecting....four years ago when I was selling my house...a couple had showed up to view my home without a real estate agent....I would not let them in....even though they had a real estate agent's card with them...telling me that the real estate agent had sent them over.......they went down the block...to another home that was also for sale...used my name and told them I had just let them in my home and I had sent them down to look at their's.......you guessed it...tied them up...ransacked the house...and took their car......so like I said....I would never open my door to strangers and as a matter of fact....I would now call the police and request they come over to investigate....
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Old 06-22-2008, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Not normally. But I can see falling prey to two young girls knocking on my door saying they'd been robbed. I hate crimes like this that take advantage of people's good nature.
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Old 06-22-2008, 04:09 PM
 
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We have a "no soliciting" sign at the entrence to our community but the solicitors don't seem to be able to read! I have another one at my front door and that one seems to help, because less solicitors are ringing my door bell. Only the religous people who seem to need more souls for their religion keep ringing the door bell. Our HOA told us that people who have to do with religion are allowed to solicitate, others not and we should call the cops.

Last week 2 cars parked in front of my house 1 on each side of the road although we have a no street parking sign through out our whole community. (when 2 cars are parked across the street from each other the emergency cars can't even get through, so what are these people thinking)
I walked outside and the lady started to tell me all this religious stuff and I told her that street parking is not allowed and to move their cars......

Our HOA tried to set up a community watch, but not many people would sign up to help out..., but in our small sub community everybody knows each other and most people call the police when they even see strangers act abnormal.
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Old 06-22-2008, 05:00 PM
 
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I ask the two women living with me not to open it when im not home. When im home, being a guy, I always open it. You never know when someone may be running to your door for help. I'm not going to let these thugs cause me to live in fear. I am always extremely careful though.
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Old 06-22-2008, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Unfortunately, I don't have a peephole, and I do tend to open the door without knowing who it is. Gotta put an end to that, thanks for bringing it up.
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Old 06-22-2008, 07:03 PM
 
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DecoDiva..going to your fav hardware place and getting a drill will be super fun. Really! Even though I'm a gal, there is something fun about tearing things up

Its an easy fix. Many people will put "chain link" lock on their doors so they can open their door a bit an look out. Problem with these is that a) a perp can kick the chain easily and 2) people can stick a firearm though the crack when you open the door. Some kind of system where you can see who it is before you open the door is essential. I don't mean to scare you, but it is true. Be careful!
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Old 06-22-2008, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Florida
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DecoDiva..going to your fav hardware place and getting a drill will be super fun. Really! Even though I'm a gal, there is something fun about tearing things up

Its an easy fix. Many people will put "chain link" lock on their doors so they can open their door a bit an look out. Problem with these is that a) a perp can kick the chain easily and 2) people can stick a firearm though the crack when you open the door. Some kind of system where you can see who it is before you open the door is essential. I don't mean to scare you, but it is true. Be careful!


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Old 06-22-2008, 07:23 PM
 
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Geez, that is terrible.. I checked one of the names and they had been arrested 6 times.

I very seldom ever open my door to anyone I do not know, although you know if I saw a woman standing there I might have.
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