I love it when someone knocks on my door. It usually means that someone on the other side has a present for me, whether it’s gooey and cheesey or (more commonly) a box full of bullets from a man in a brown shirt. But what if someone knocks on your door who you weren’t expecting? It seems like someone locally had the brilliant idea to exploit our desire for cheese and meat, and they’re packing a different kind of heat.
From the Fairfax Times:
Two men wearing pizza delivery uniforms attempted to rob a Reston home with a gun hidden in an empty pizza box, according to police and a neighborhood resident.
Yep, fake pizza delivery guys.
It’s a little brilliant actually. Who wouldn’t want a fresh pizza, especially if it’s a “delivery error” and yours for free? The ruse is just good enough to get the victim to open their door, and then BAM! Gun in your face.
The moral of the story is short and sweet: if you’re not expecting someone, don’t open your door. Avoiding conflict is the best way to prevent violence, and keeping a locked door between you and and an unwanted guest is always a good policy.
But if you absolutely cannot keep the door closed, follow three simple suggestions:
- Only open the door far enough to converse with the caller — don’t simply fling the door open. This gives you some cover if you need to duck and cover, and will help you close the door on unwanted houseguests before they can get their foot in the door.
- Use security chains. You know, those things that you put on your door that let you open only a little bit. It’s not going to deter a determined attacker, but it might buy you some time.
- Pack your own heat. There was a story not too long ago about a man who successfully defended his home from an unwanted invader by firing through the door. Not that I recommend blindly firing and violating rule #4, but if all else fails you might have to defend yourself. As RF likes to point out, home carry is a good idea.
As they say, beware of Greeks bearing gifts. Especially if those gifts are the perfect hiding place for a firearm.