Exterminator arrested in murder of Philadelphia doctor
How to protect yourself in your own home?
- Duration 4:18
- Date Jan 25, 2013
How to protect yourself in your own home?
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-- Pennsylvania exterminator is under arrest for the murder of pediatrician.
Melissa Kenton duty police say she returned home to deal with -- rodent problem.
And that's -- an altercation started with exterminator Jason Smith.
-- an exterminator she holds certain services.
He was subcontracted.
-- and of course of conservatives in America they got some type of argument.
It went terribly wrong at that point he struck her while she was in the basement.
Knocked -- down.
Strangled her to death.
And then ultimately -- -- -- Smith is 36 -- is old he's now facing a string of charges including murder and arson.
So how do you protect yourself and your family when strangers working in your house.
Robert -- is the founder and president of confidential security and investigations Robert thank you for being here.
I mean listen are we gonna get to that point we all -- in home services were talking about the cable -- the plumber.
It goes on the exterminator are we getting to the point where we need to have someone sit and wait with this -- the cable guy.
Well it's a good question I don't think road from where we need to have an armed guard in your house to protect you every time you have home repair person come over.
However you do need to take some basic precautions to make sure that.
You're taking care yourself your family in your home when you have folks coming over who could be complete strangers.
Yeah let's talk about some of those precautions right now for instance -- been very clear and asked for the name.
And the license of the employee who is on the way there have another adult fare.
You also say to make sure you carry your cellphone.
Those are some of the ways to is -- these two simpler they really important -- these tips.
Well oftentimes as simple -- things are the most.
Protective things you can do.
And having a cell phone -- -- and even being on the cell phone or pretending to be talking to someone so that he repair person -- exterminator thinks that you're.
In communication -- it'll make it less likely -- to do anything.
The other thing it's very important -- don't get into an argument.
With the exterminator or the repair person it's not worth it.
And you better off he escalating it as opposed to letting -- escalate have them leave if there's a disagreement.
And then call the company and they cure mistake at that point as opposed to getting into a confrontation with someone you don't help in a very unusual circumstance.
So what are some of -- did that do things that the mistakes that people make and they're not.
Really aware that they're making these mistakes well I mean thankfully most of the time these things happen repairs and maintenance folks come over and things are fine most of the companies are licensed.
And you get -- with people referred -- however.
There are instances like unfortunately what happened to this poor woman here and Philadelphia.
Where you have to be careful you have to use your common sense he can't worry about being rude to the persons coming over and you have to worry about your own self preservation so.
Things that you can do is don't just allow them when we -- -- walk through your house know where they are.
Have a cell phone with you if you're a single person.
And you feel threatened have something like mace or some other type of weapon available.
You can use again being practical and reasonable not going overboard you don't need to walk around without loaded firearm.
But you do need to use your common sense and don't be naive because there are situations -- do happen like this thankfully not not a not so man.
You want to make sure it is sometimes the exterminator.
If you have a monthly you know -- then they'll show up without.
Announced being announced don't let that happen right you find out from that company it's -- you find out you know exterminator XYZ is coming at this particular time.
That's right not only did you do that and you also find out the name of the exterminated or the individuals coming.
And when they come to your door you asked them before opening the door to identify themselves so -- you can confirm it's the same person.
And then if it looks like -- usual person someone who you don't normally see.
You may want to stop -- the company confirmed that it is who they are sending over because second happen as well.
You have to be overly cautious use your your gut feeling if -- not comfortable -- something.
Don't worry about insulting them your preservation of your own self is more important indeed very good tips and -- -- -- -- these services that we can't.
He too cautious okay Robert -- thank you very much for joining us John out.