SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Have you ever had someone knock on your door at night asking for help and you don’t know who they are? Some Savannah residents say it happens a lot, but they aren’t sure what to do about it.
The Savannah Police Department has some tips on how you can be a good neighbor without being a victim.
First, police say do not answer the door if you don’t know who it is. Think about using Ring or Nest surveillance cameras. Not all these situations are scams, but they are situations that police can respond to.
Residents in the Ardsley Park neighborhood posted in their Facebook group that it happens regularly. Police say make sure you are reporting these suspicious encounters so you don’t fall victim to a scam.
“If you have someone coming to your door and they are saying ‘I need help, my car broke down,’ or ‘I have six kids with me they are all hungry,’ there are resources out there. There is no reason that we should have stopped in the middle of a neighborhood to ask for that. You can go to a gas station. You can go to the headquarters of the police department," said Cpl. Barry Lewis, Savannah PD.
Likewise, Cpl. Lewis also says these tips apply if someone approached you just on the sidewalk asking for help, or maybe to use your cellphone. He says do not hand your phone over to someone you don’t know. Either call the person for them or call the police department to come help them.