The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is warning customers to be careful of individuals impersonating SMUD staff, following reports in Elk Grove.
Utility officials said the Elk Grove Police Department informed SMUD that residents in its jurisdiction reported men knocking on their doors and falsely identifying themselves as SMUD employees, needing access to their backyards.
Residents told police that the men said they needed to check access for future installation of power poles. One resident said one of the men tried to open the front door, but it was locked.
Officials said the public can verify a utility employee by calling SMUD at (916) 452-3211. SMUD also is asking customers to report any unusual activity in their neighborhoods.
SMUD said that field crews carry photo identification cards at all times, and many wear uniforms. Officials suggested that the public ask SMUD workers to show identification.
Call The Bee's Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.