Child at your door! What would you do?

Child at your door! What would you do?

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    Child at your door! What would you do?

    This was taken from another source read the post and then give your opinion.

    A few days ago I hear the handle on my front door working like mad. Looking at the door I was really confused because I couldn't see anyone through the glass or the sidelight. Walking over I look down and see a little mop of brown hair belonging to a little girl around 2 years old. It was early afternoon and in short order I found her mom who was visiting our next door neighbor. Her response was "Oh there you are!"

    So my question is what do you do with a small child on your doorstep who is not old enough to tell you anything? Does your course of action change by time of day? As I thought this through I thought about someone using a kid as bait to open a door. So your thoughts?
    To open or not to open?


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    I woulda opened until I read the thread about the BEK. Now I'm totally freaked out by the idea of a kid at my door!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad426 View Post
    I woulda opened until I read the thread about the BEK. Now I'm totally freaked out by the idea of a kid at my door!
    I was about to say the same thing!
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    Criminals know our weaknesses. They are not above using a child to disarm you to gain entry, so if the child is not in distress, don't open the door.
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    For a 2 year old, I am checking the porch through the window and then opening assuming nothing suspicious.

    I have a neighbor who's 3 year old wondered off several years ago. We found him unharmed after a 15 or 20 minute search, but the fact is small children do wonder off occasionally. Having children at home right now, I understand this and in fact I am very used to children knocking on the door or ringing the doorbell. Most are between the ages of 5 and 9 and I know most of them from being in the neighborhood, but occasionally kids I don't know show. Having kids around is part of every day life.

    Staying aware does not mean living in a bubble, at least for me. I refuse to not help a 2 year old if I can.
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    It's situations like this that dramatically highlight the need to have a clear field of view from the front door/entry area, without hiding spots.

    I'm always armed anyway, always look out the windows first to determine who's there, always use the wide-view peep-hole, and always answer the door armed. And generally I require people call ahead, before visits/gatherings. That mix doesn't catch everything, but IMO it comes as reasonably close as I'm prepared to deal with considering my refusal to accept turning my lifestyle on its head.

    A 2yr old child on the porch? After scanning, I'm pretty sure I'd be opening the door. Armed and aware, of course.
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    I'm sure I would open the door for a child. I'm always armed and try to stay aware of what's going on around me. What is BEK?

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    A child in distress on my doorstep is getting help from me.

    If someone is using this as a ruse for a home invasion, they'd better be ready for a gun fight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Str8upguy View Post
    I'm sure I would open the door for a child. I'm always armed and try to stay aware of what's going on around me. What is BEK?
    Black eyed kid. Don't let them in
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    Quote Originally Posted by Inspector71 View Post
    Black eyed kid. Don't let them in
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    I'd probably open the door. Unless I'm expecting someone I never open it without a gun in hand.
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    My house is a known safe place. I'm opening the door. I'm staying aware as I always am, but I'm opening the door.

    I'd rather die than be so scared to do so that I wouldn't help a kid.

    "A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come." - Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
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    I am going to help a child. I am not so cold that I could turn away when a child needs help.
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    I have a delay on my alarm system - I can take my gun or push a button and I get three minutes delay before the alarm is sent. I can push the button and as long as I put the gun back or shut it off the alarm will not go. No matter what, if someone is at my door I am likely to answer it, particularly if it is a child. I will be prepared but seriously folks, we are humans and cannot let the behavior of a few bad apples affect the way that we treat others.

    The golden rule - if this was YOUR two year old - what would you HOPE someone would do if she was lost?
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    When I was a kid the "safe" houses had painted hand prints in the windows. They were the homes of other elementary school kids.

    I don't know how they made sure but back then most everyone was safe and friendly.


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