Friday, March 9, 2018




Beware of thieves impersonating utility workers

CARMEL – Putnam County Sheriff Robert Langley, Jr. is advising residents of the region to beware of people knocking on your door purporting to be employees of a local utility company asking to check your inside wiring, your meter of other safety issues.

While inside your home, they steal personal items.

Langley said NYSEG employees will never ask to come inside your home; they tend to road and exterior issues. They will not ask to enter your home. He said if you have a generator, NYSEG employees will not come to your house and ask for access to “check on the flow of electricity” for safety purposes.

He said residents should beware of “home oil company” representatives or employees who want to enter your home to “make sure you are safe.” If you did not call them, do not let them in. Always ask for their company identification.

If you see someone wandering around your property pretending to look at wires, lights, or cable wires, chances are they are not there from NYSEG. Their employees who are driving around checking wire and poles are always in marked vehicles.

NYSEG will not call you and ask you to verify personal information so they can get your electricity turned on.

In case of emergency, call 911. If you have suspicions about someone, call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 845-225-4300 or your local police department.

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