Utility Worker Scam Used to Commit Burglaries

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fatal hit and runThe Long Beach Police Department is alerting residents about recent reports of persons falsely representing themselves as utility workers as a ruse to commit burglary.

In this scam, the bogus workers are apparently targeting homes to burglarize when no one is expected to be home, or working as a team to distract the occupant and burglarize the home.

The following information is provided to allow residents to confirm that they are interacting with Long Beach City employees:

  • Utility employees are identifiable by their uniform and are required, upon request, to show a City-issued identification card
  • Customer contact is made either in person by a uniformed employee or through a form that is left in a prominent location on the property – The form provides a contact number to inquire about the work scheduled or to reschedule the work at a more convenient time
  • If residents have any doubt, they are encouraged to call the appropriate department to verify the legitimacy of the employee

Long Beach Gas and Oil – (562) 570-2140 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Long Beach Water Department – (562) 570-2300 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Residents are advised to keep gates to backyards locked and secure at all times and to immediately report suspicious activity, including loiterers, to the Long Beach Police Department by calling 9-1-1 with a suspect description.

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