- Hire CAUSE Certified companies and individuals.
- Do not hesitate to say “No” if you don’t feel safe when the worker arrives. Trust your instincts.
- Be aware inside and outside of your home. Our everyday habits can often open us up to violence.
- It is always a good idea to have another adult in the house when any kind of service is to be done in or around your home. Invite a friend over for coffee.
- If you are home alone, always let someone know that the worker has arrived and what company they are with. Arrange for that person to check back with you during the estimated time the work is being done. It’s also perfectly acceptable to remain on the phone throughout the service call.
- Your children are not protection. You are actually more vulnerable if you are alone with small children. Your attacker might threaten you with the life of your child if you don’t do what he wants.
- If the company you are contacting is not CAUSE Certified, ask them if they perform criminal background checks. If not, don’t use them. Tell them why you will not be using their company, and find one that does criminal background checks on all service workers. A complete list of questions to ask can be found here.
- Beware of companies that claim they have conducted “National Background Checks”. These checks do not include every county and/or every state. When it comes to protecting your family or business, be thorough!
- Beware of inappropriate/leading questions from the service worker in your home. “You have to watch how seemingly innocent conversation can actually be accumulating intelligence” says Jeff McKissack, Defense By Design.
Examples:”I’m new in town…you look like you work out at a gym. Where do you go? I always have a hard time finding a good time to go when it’s not busy. Have you found a good time to go?” or “I noticed you have a few kids. My wife and I have 3 small children and are always looking for new parks to go to. Do you have a favorite?”
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