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Tacoma Public Utilities Man Posing As Employee Tried To Force His Way Into Woman's Home

The incident - which occurred in South Tacoma - involved the man saying that he needed to check the water pressure. He wore civilian clothing and a safety vest.

(Just got this from Tacoma Public Utilities, which is reporting an incident Wednesday involving someone posing as a TPU employee)

A Tacoma woman reported Wednesday that a man identifying himself as a Tacoma Public Utilities employee tried to get into her South Tacoma house. He said the utility was working in the area and that he needed to enter to check the water pressure. The man wore civilian clothing and a safety vest, and he carried a clipboard. The woman declined to let him in; he eventually left in an unmarked station wagon.

The man was not a utility employee.

If someone knocks at the door and claims to be a representative of Tacoma Public Utilities, there’s one way to know for certain: Ask to see the person’s identification badge. All utility employees have a badge with their photo and the utility logo on it.

Utility workers in the field drive vehicles marked with a utility logo and wear clothing with a visible logo. (The logo could be Tacoma Public Utilities, Tacoma Water or Tacoma Power.) Utility employees rarely ask to enter a home; typically, they’re checking a meter or connecting water or power service, which is done outside the home.

If someone suspicious is at the door, call 911. If the person has left the area, call the Tacoma Police Department’s non-emergency line at (253) 798-4721.

Jacqueline November 09, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I recently had a man come to my home inquiring about checking the gas. I had a very bad feeling about him because he hinted that he needed to check the gas inside by way of motioning his head towards my kitchen. I firmly told him the meter was in the backyard and he could enter thru the side gate. I then closed all of my blinds, but interestly he never went in my backyard, but instead walked down the street even though his truck was parked in the street with orange cones around it. I figured anyone needed info about the gas would know where the meter is... My daughter thought I was being a little rude, but I told her you never let any person in your home. If the gas company would be doing checks like that I would assume they would contact me first. He was a Hispanic looking man about 5' 7" wearing regular clothes with a vest that looked like one road workers wear. Women especially need to be careful and know you never are required to open your door for anyone!!

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