Utility Imposter Tries to Get into Home
ENCINITAS — Sheriff’s officials are warning people not to open their doors to strangers after a man posing as a utility worker tried to gain access to an elderly couple’s home in Leucadia.
The man came to the door of the house just west of Interstate 5 during the late morning on Dec. 6 and said that he was with the San Dieguito Water District, said sheriff’s supervising crime prevention specialist Marlee Chapman.
He said that he needed to come inside the house to test the water pressure, Chapman said.
The woman asked for the man’s identification and he went to his car and then left, Chapman said.
Utility officials said their staff will always have identification and that they will never ask to come inside your home.
Chapman said that residents can protect themselves from being victimized by heeding the following tips:
Never open the door for someone you do not know.
Request identification. City and government employees always carry identification.
Ask for a city-issued permit from anyone soliciting door-to door.
Look at the person’s vehicle to see if the appropriate logo is displayed.
Ask for the name and contact information for a supervisor.
Trust your instincts and never let anyone in your home if you feel uncomfortable.
Chapman said that is someone comes to your door it is a good idea to let them know that you are home by talking to them through the door. A barking dog can also ward off unwanted visitors.
Anyone who thinks there is a suspicious person in their neighborhood can call the Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200.