Do you answer the door when you're home alone?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
6964 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Not unless I know the person!

Post # 4
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Yeah, I answer the door. But, we live in a very low crime area in a really small country town, the kind where you can leave your house or car unlocked for years and nothing will happen. The mailman actually just leaves large packages in my car if I’m not home. Normally it’s someone I know, or have at least met.


Post # 5
7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

It’s not about being paranoid.. it’s about being smart. Most crimes are crimes of opportunity.

No, I don’t answer the door if I’m home alone. I generally don’t even bother looking in the peep-hole… I flat out ignore it unless I am expecting someone. People never just drop in on me.. they’ll usually at least send me a text first or something.

Post # 6
3836 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@cls9q:   I never answer the door when I am home alone.  If a friend wants to visit they know to call ahead.  

Post # 7
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

we never answer the door unless we are expecting someone because we don’t have a peep hole or any way to see who it is. I’m not afraid to open the door though. Just don’t feel like dealing with people. If I’m not expecting you then it’s likely you are selling something I don’t want. 

Post # 8
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@cls9q:  I do but we have several large dogs and a storm door that locks so I can answer but still have a locked door between us. 

Post # 9
1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I took a self defense class last year and was cautioned about ignoring a door knock or door bell. If you say nothing bad people may think the house is empty and try to enter it from thr front or another window or door. Yelling “who is it?!” And not opening the door signals someone is home. Let the good people answer you and you can decide whether to open the door. Or if you are afraid, tell them “no, leave.” But calling out let’s bad people know you house is not an easy target.

Post # 10
584 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I don’t think this has ever happened to me! I can’t imagine a visitor would drop by without me knowing, and any packages are left at the front desk with my building’s front desk guy.

If someone just rang my doorbell or knocked, I’d probably try to sneak up and look through the peephole, and if I felt comfortable I’d maybe ask through the door who is it (it could be a neighbor for a good reason?)

If I felt uncomfortable at all I’d call down to my front desk and ask if they’d sent a visitor up to my door, and probably ask them to alert our building’s security.

Post # 11
1888 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Yes otherwise we’d never get any of our packages.  The damned Postal Service and delivery people won’t leave them on the step so if we don’t get it when they first deliver it becomes a cat and mouse game of hunting down the package.

Post # 12
1216 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I answer the door, but the only people that have ever knocked have been the UPS guy, our friend/neighbor and my sister, so not too scary. We also live in a pretty quiet neighborhood, so I don’t worry.

Post # 13
2992 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Yes I do. I do and look who is is first though.

Post # 14
6048 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I can see who it is from our window.  Normally I don’t, if it’s UPS or USPS they just leave the box.  Otherwise, no, most people move along once the dog starts whimpering and barking. 

I lived for a while alone in Baltimore City, in a wonderful neighborhood (It boasted it’s own pimp and his “girls#) So no never opened the door and let the dog go APE SH$T barking.  I only had two people come to my door, who were not neighbors, and they ran out of my yard hearing the dog. 


Post # 16
279 posts
Helper bee

@cls9q:  I’m armed, so yes I feel comfortable answering the door alone. Actually I live alone, so if I didn’t answer the door when I was alone I would never answer the door. 

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