Public Utilities Commission warns public about burglars posing as water workers 

Local authorities want to alert the public about burglars disguising themselves as water department workers to gain access to homes.

On Dec. 18, three people posing as San Francisco Public Utilities Commission workers gained access to a home in the 1700 block of 19th Avenue, said SFPUC spokesman Tyrone Jue. While two of the suspects distracted the resident, the third burglarized the home, taking cash and valuables.

Residents are advised to be alert and follow these safety tips:

- SFPUC workers should always have an official identification badge with the agency and city logo on it.

- SFPUC workers usually arrive to a location in either a department vehicle with green striping and The City’s seal or a plain white city vehicle also with The City’s seal and an identification number.

- SFPUC workers never just show up at a home or business without and appointment.

- SFPUC workers will never ask for money.

- Most SFPUC projects take place on streets and sidewalks and other public right-of-ways and is publicly announced in advance.

- If something does not seem right, trust your instincts. You have the right to refuse entry to any individual, and if you feel threatened call 911.

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