A woman shared a warning story on Facebook that explains why a rubber band on the hand of your front door is a sign of immediate danger! “Warning!!! Two weeks ago during the day, a hard knock was at my front door, not a regular knock, but almost pounding, (I honestly thought something may have happened to someone and they needed help) but something didn’t feel right… and I DO NOT answer the door when I am here by myself. So don’t bother! After several Knocks, they finally left. I glanced and could see it was a man through the stained glass of my door," she wrote.
“After about 30 minutes I walked outside to look for what I thought would be a brochure, but instead found a rubber band around my knob to hold the door to open when I unlocked the latch. I called Ron and he told me to get the gun out and leave it out. The Sheriff came by yesterday and said this is happening all of a sudden, as soon as you unlatch the door, they do not wait for you to turn the knob, they can bust in on you.”
So basically, you shouldn't open the door to strangers and unexpected guests! The original poster is more than aware of this: “Anyway, just be careful, I used to be such a trusting person, but not at all anymore!…Do NOT ANSWER doors without knowing for sure you know who is on the other side! Those days are over!!!! Kids need to be made aware of this too!”
However, some of the commenters on Facebook has reasonable questions about the efficiency of this method of rubbery robbery: “Thanks for the warning, but why would they leave the rubber, band? Looks like from the post he had at least thirty minutes before the door was opened.” To this the OP answered: “I am just telling you what the Police told me and Ron. That they will leave it and randomly come by and see if you left the door unlocked later?? (I have no idea why they would think we wouldn’t notice) but you have to think about the type of person who is doing this. Or they were off to the side waiting and gave up or they could have been spooked off by a neighbor pulling up to their house or coming out in their yard or something…" So be careful out there and keep your doors locked!