Written by Farmingdale Observer Staff, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
Farmingdale residents are being urged to use caution when answering the doorbell due to ongoing concerns of imposters posing as utility workers. On Aug. 19, officials with the South Farmingdale Water District—covering the Farmingdale, Bethpage, Seaford, North Massapequa and Massapequa Park communities—sent out an advisory warning customers not to let anyone into their homes claiming to be a water district employee without first showing photo identification. The advisory was sent as a safety precaution, instructing residents to immediately contact the police if they are suspicious of anyone identifying his or herself as a “water district” employee.
According to the South Farmingdale Water District Commissioners, it is rare for any water district employees to show up at a home or business unannounced in order to read a water meter or confirm a leak, as most, if not all, residential visits are done by appointment.
“Even in the event of an emergency such as a water main break, the district will notify consumers in advance of any planned water service disruption, never needing to enter a home,” said Business Manager Len Constantinopoli.
In addition, the advisory also urges residents to be cognizant of any suspicious activity around any of the water well sites and plants. At the recommendation of the Department of Homeland Security, the water district plans to upgrade security in order to be more vigilant in the safeguarding of its natural resources at all times by adding additional cameras to all of its facilities.
“We ask everyone to be cognizant and to remain conscious of anything that appears to be unusual,” District Commissioners said. “Our consumers are good citizens and we have had no incidents within our district thanks to their help and cooperation.”
South Farmingdale Water District consumers are advised to immediately report any unusual activities around water well sites, as well as any suspicions involving vans, trucks or people who do not look as if they are conducting official business.