Beware Of This Trick Home Invaders Use To Get In The Door!


KSAT News 12 recently reported on a devious tactic some home invaders are using to get access to your house.  According to a recent report, a woman showed up on a man’s doorstep in broad daylight and asked for a glass of water.  When he turned to pour her a glass, her accomplice was already inside.  From there, they tied up the home owner, beat him and took his gun.  Once he was secured, they proceeded to steal two laptops, his wallet and the keys to his truck.

What started off as an innocent enough act by a Good Samaritan wound up being the launch point for two home invader’s criminal career.  Who would deny someone a glass of water?  Taking advantage of the basic fabric of human kindness is something very few of us are ever truly prepared to deal with.

Sadly, we live in a world where we have to be cautious of strangers and never let our guard down.  Especially as concealed carriers, we have an obligation to maintain accountability of our firearm at all times and certainly avoid letting it fall into the hands of seasoned criminals.

While it’s hard to fault the man for just trying to be hospitable, it hurts to see an event like this take place.  The best thing we can hope to do is learn from his situation and unfortunately prepare ourselves to be much more skeptical of strangers.

What Are Some Things You Can Do To Prepare Yourself?

As concealed carriers and people who live and sleep beneath roofs (most nights), what are some things we can take away from this incident to help us in the future?

1. “Stranger Danger”

This is a hard one.  Is it a group of Girl Scouts selling cookies on your doorstep or is that Scout Leader setting you up for a home invasion?  No one wants to get stuck at this level of paranoia.  If you’re home, have your firearm on you when answering the door for strangers.  If it’s concealed, they don’t even have to know you’re armed.

2. Maintain Distance


A concealed carrier’s best friend is distance.  The further, the better.  But doorways and entrance ways can quickly become close quarters situations.  It’s hard to keep that personal bubble at all times.  That’s why it’s important to give yourself room to maneuver on the inside of the doorway.

3. Need Something From Inside?  Wait Here.

If that person on your doorstep isn’t bleeding or on fire, they can wait a moment for you to bring them a glass of water.  If you see someone looking like Clint Eastwood crawling out of the desert at high noon in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – obviously do the right thing.  And you can do the right thing while keeping yourself safe.

4. Letting Someone In?  Close The Door Behind Them.

You’ve invited a stranger from your doorstep into your home.  In addition to the prior two points of always giving yourself room to maneuver and maintaining distance, also ensure he or she is the only person coming in.

5. Keep An Eye On Your Visitor At All Times

Concealed carry firearm?  Check.  Distance?  Check.  Door closed?  Check.  Okay, now all you have to do is make sure you know where they are at all times.  They shouldn’t be walking around your house unattended or poking around in your stuff.  As you’re offering a stranger’s kindness to them, they’re obliged to be polite and follow your rules.

What are some good rules to follow when dealing with strangers on your doorstep?  Tell us in the comments below.

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James England is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry…

James England is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun is a Glock 36 in a Lenwood Holsters Specter IWB or his CZ-75D PCR in an Alien Gear MOD holster.

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  • Renee

    Just about everyone owns a garden hose, usually accessible to someone at the door. If not, I’d tell them to wait, lock the door, go get several cold bottles of water, tell them to get back from the door 15 feet, and the , while keeping eyes on them the whole time, set them outside. If they look really suspicious, I wouldn’t even open the door. Paranoid? Maybe…but after being grabbed at 14, and shouldn’t be alive to reply to this, my life first. Never again…I’ll die first before being grabbed and taken to a secondary location, or be a victim in my own home.

  • I don’t open the door to strangers.

    • CW Walker

      I’m with you. I don’t open the door for ANYONE.

    • Jim Screws

      Bingo! We have a winner! I don’t answer the door to ANYONE I don’t know! Period! It doesn’t hurt my conscience at all………………

      • MorganL

        In my city the new tactic is to enter the home after no one answers. Recently, a 20 yr old home from college awoke from a nap to find two men in his kitchen. He didn’t hear the knock because he was asleep. This happened one street behind me in an upscale neighborhood. It’s everywhere!

  • Thomas

    Who the hell comes to the door and asks for a cup of water? I don’t know about you guys, but that alone is strange enough that I’m not going to lose any sleep telling them to “go away”. At least have something more plausible like “hey, my car broke down…”

    • Quinn Mallory

      That’s not even plausible anymore as everyone has a mobile phone. And with only 32% of the population having landlines anymore, it’s not even a reasonable expectation to use the excuse, “Can I use your phone?”

      • Joshua Howard

        That being said, I often drive through areas where there is no cell signal. It is quite plausible that, if I broke down on a road trip, my mobile phone wouldn’t get reception. In that case, I would probably wind up seeking the nearest landline… so really, someone asking to use the phone out in a rural area is not actually unusual at all. In the middle of a metro area, yes… but not if the nearest gas station is 50 miles away.

  • Mason Storm

    One of the most ridiculous posts to date. . .

    • A post giving tips on how to be a little safer when an unknown person is at your door is ridiculous? Okay.

      • Bill Edwards

        one in every crowd

  • KJQ

    I’ve read reports that they’re using children to go to the door crying and asking for help, then rush the door the second you open it. Scum.

  • greywulf1064

    There is nothing that anyone who shows up on my doorstep uninvited has that I want. I don’t open the door. I make noise to let them know someone is inside, but I don’t open the door for anyone.

  • Hugh Schneider

    I have cameras that show my front door, so no one can hide or hide something behind their back.

    • merrick04

      Those are great ideas. I have them, just haven’t got them put up yet.

  • B F K

    Fellow was killed in Fargo ND last week. He went to get the man a glass of water and the meth head beat him to death with a hammer. Be careful.

    • Jim Screws

      I’m sorry. No honest man should die that way….

  • Marcus Gungeek

    I’m doing what Massad Ayoob a leader in protection, if you never heard of this man Google him
    anyway he says ” Never Open The Door “

  • Quinn Mallory

    Seems odd that this would even work as a tactic to begin with. Strangers showing up on your doorstep asking for a glass of water should set off alarms just by itself simply because it’s not something normal adults do.

  • Mark Bolin

    I had a man come to my door at 10:00 pm, said his car was broken down and needed to use my phone, I saw the car with the hood up on the st. in front of my house, I told him I would bring him a phone, I ask him to give me a phone number to the person he wanted to call he did give me a number, I called a different number, I just did not trust him, as soon as I dialed the wrong number I told to step back and I would set the phone outside my door, I told him to hit send and the phone would start calling his fake friend, he did that and then started talking like he wa talking to his friend, that right there told me he was up to no good, I then brought out my sawed off 12 gauge shot gun and told him what I have done on the phone, I told him to put the phone down and leave or I would shoot if he did’nt, he took off closing the hood started his car and drove off…the moral to this story is do not trust anyone, do things like I did and that will tell if he was ok, or not…be safe folk’s!

  • Ruby Duby

    Nobody but nobody comes in my house. If they want a drink of water they can go down the road to the C-store and get a drink. Anyone who would come all the way up our driveway is not there for a drink of water.

  • YelowJezamin

    We have a herd dog who lives inside. Anyone who comes into the yard gets serenaded by a fusillade of barks, snarls, and growls; with his hair standing up, teeth bared, ready to attack. If they can get past him, we’ve been warned and are ready. IF we allow them to come in the house, he growls under his breath at them and watches them the whole time. UPS and Fed-Ex prefer to leave packages on the enclosed back porch rather than to knock.Even the locals know Freckles, and give him a wide berth. He guards our vehicles the same way when he is inside of them. Yet he has never bitten anyone, never attacked, never stepped a paw outside of his yard, and is under complete voice control – as he would have to be, since he herds cattle for a “living”. Most people in need of something call the house first; those who don’t, don’t stop here. And – don’t need to. When DH and Freckles were working the cattle in the pasture, a car pulled up out front while I was outside gardening. From several hills away, Freckles heard them – and came bounding down the hill into the yard to protect me.

    • Veronica Copple

      Awesome, loyal and really cool! Give him a big steak!

  • Veronica Copple

    I live in a small town in Oregon. This is going on here too.

  • MJ

    Use the garden hose… I have two large ferocious dogs that can be heard for blocks….

  • I just don’t open the door to anyone I don’t know and keep the doors locked at all times, and if I’m sleeping or in another part of the house all windows are closed and locked as well, no matter how hot it is! Like someone else said, if they want a drink they can walk down the street to one of the stores or Taco Bell. I had a sales person come to the door once, and he knocked once, knocked again, I heard him say, “OH!” and then saw him sprinting down the street. I thought he must be late for his ride to pick him up, until my husband was mowing the lawn a couple of days later and found a huge wasp nest in the rhododendron next to the porch. If somehow we could keep the nest there and still be safe, I think it would be a great deterrent to unwanted visitors, ha!

  • Allison Powers

    My dog would be behind me barking like a wild thing. They wouldn’t probably try anything and if they did, well….

  • Jim Screws

    I don’t open the door to ANYONE I don’t know.

  • Crystal Rohlke

    The individual in the story was my brother. Here is what the news left out: He was waiting on his best friend to come over so they could go to the mall. He opened the door to a woman in distress and had appeared to be crying. He closed the door slightly, turned to go get a bottle of water for her from the kitchen. That is when the man ambushed and tried attacking my brother. My brother is skilled in wrestling so at this point, he was able to get the male to the ground and was choking him to knock him out. The female proceeded to put a knife to my brother’s back and said if he moved she would kill him. It is at this point they duct taped him to a chair and duct taped his eyes so he couldn’t see. He knew he could get loose but at this point he heard them find his gun so he knew it was in his best interest to wait until they left. My brother has a kind heart and unfortunately his politeness lead to this. Be careful yall.

  • stef

    Why in the HELL would you let anyone in your house? Don’t answer the door unless you’re expecting someone. Period.

  • Missy Moo

    I just don’t open the door to strangers.

  • Roger Brown

    You’d have to be really stupid to fall for that one.