PGW Advises Public about Criminals Posing as Utility Employees
PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 19, 2018--It is a sad fact that unscrupulous people will turn the very trust people have in their utility providers into a tool for their criminal activities. It has happened before, and this past weekend it happened again in a high profile robbery where criminals posing as Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) employees lied to gain access to a person’s home.
Unfortunately, not everyone is who they claim to be and these recent incidents are a reminder that we all need to remain vigilant against imposters. Follow these tips to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Be Sure Before You Open the Door - Before letting anyone claiming to be a utility worker into your home or business, always ask for identification. Do not allow any person you don’t know into your home or provide personal information – such as your phone number or account number – without verifying that they are who they claim to be.
All PGW employees have:ID badges Official PGW vehicles with clearly visible PGW logos; most also have municipal license plates
If you’re even the slightest bit unsure about a person’s claim to be from PGW, call 911. The Philadelphia Police Department has a direct line to PGW and can verify someone’s claim that they are at your property on legitimate PGW business. The worst that can happen is that a PGW employee has to wait a few minutes while you ensure your safety and security – it is not an inconvenience for us.
It is regrettable that criminal behavior requires each of us to take extra precautions, but a few minutes spent double-checking that people are who they claim to be means greater safety in your home.
Remember – Be Sure Before You Open the Door. Read more by downloading this handy brochure.
Founded in 1836, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) is owned by the City of Philadelphia and is the largest municipally owned gas utility in the country. It manages a distribution system of approximately 6,000 miles of gas mains and service pipes supplying approximately 500,000 customers. PGW’s operations are managed by a non-profit corporation, the Philadelphia Facilities Management Corporation (PFMC). More information about the company is available at .
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CONTACT: Barry O’Sullivan
KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA PENNSYLVANIA
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENERGY OIL/GAS UTILITIES
SOURCE: Philadelphia Gas Works
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