Scottsdale Police: Check first before letting strangers into your home

Each year, residents report being victimized by people claiming to be city or utility workers.

Chris Hall

Chris Hall

The imposters typically come to the door and state they need to do something like: check the gas meter, check the water meter, check the roof, measure the fence, measure for new light poles in the alley, etc.

It may be one person or two. Sometimes they may be wearing orange/yellow safety vests or shirts.

In some instances, one subject has contacted the resident and asked them to step into the backyard with them to check something or assist with measuring. While the homeowner is distracted in the backyard, a second suspect enters the house to steal items.
In other incidents, both imposters have made contact with the resident and used various stories to get inside.

Unless you have made previous arrangements, or verified that the person at your door is legitimate (by calling a work place to confirm identification), DO NOT LET ANYONE YOU DON’T KNOW INTO YOUR HOUSE.

If someone comes unannounced and wants access to your residence, contact the police department immediately by calling the non-emergency number 480-312-5000.

Properties may include easements that allow employees from public or city utility departments to access property, but be aware of the potential for scams and never let anyone into your home without first confirming their identity, purpose and place of work.

Editor’s note: Chris Hall is the commander of the Scottsdale Police Department’s Via Linda District.

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