With the holiday season in full swing, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Councilman Gary Hudes and Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney are advising residents to beware of fake utility workers asking to gain entrance to their homes. Santino and King Sweeney are issuing this advisory in light of a recent incident in Bellmore reported by Nassau County police. Police said that three suspects posed as water department employees, and stole cash and checks from the residents once they gained access to the home.
Santino, Hudes and King Sweeney urge residents who encounter such people at their doorstep to contact their water service providers to verify the authenticity of these utility workers. Keep in mind that all Town of Hempstead Water Department employees show their official town identification upon arrival and wear clothing with the water department name and logo.
“If people claim to work for a utility company and ask for access to your home, especially without any prior appointment or notification, it’s always a safe bet to contact the utility company directly to verify if they are authentic,” Santino said.
“If you are uncertain about someone at your door, call right away to verify," Hudes said. "We urge you to play it safe and check it out before letting anyone into your home,” King Sweeney added.
The following are important phone numbers for residents served by the Town of Hempstead and New York American Water.
- Town of Hempstead Water Department (Bowling Green Estates, East Meadow, Levittown, Uniondale, Roosevelt Field, Lido-Point Lookout Districts):
o (516) 794-8300
o Weekends and after hours: (516) 794-8181
- New York American Water (877) 426-6999
“If you are unsure, please contact your water provider before granting access to your home,” Santino said. “I urge residents to be vigilant and alert this holiday season and all throughout the year.”