Be aware of fake utility workers seeking home access

An incident in Palmer Township should act as a reminder to always verify the identity of anyone who comes to your home claiming to be a worker.

According to a report from Channel 69 News, two Palmer residents were victims “of a ‘residential distraction’ robbery.”

The homeowners told police two men knocked at the rear door of their residence, said they worked for a company, and had to check basement pipes for dirty water. A homeowner took the men — who were using walkie-talkies — into the basement. Meanwhile, a second homeowner found two other men had come into the home and were in the master bedroom. The men allegedly stole a safe with cash, some jewelry, and then fled in a black work-style utility van. All four men, who appeared to be in their 40s, wore black clothing and black beanie caps.

As police pointed out, always be aware of anyone claiming to need access to your home or property. Always ask for identification, and don’t allow anyone access if you have any doubts as to their identity.

Lehigh County Authority vehicles display the LCA logo, as do our employees’ uniforms and jackets. LCA employees will also have a photo ID.

If you have any doubts, you can call LCA to verify that the person knocking on the door is an LCA employee — customer safety is our priority. Never give anyone access to your home or property if you have concerns about their identity.