“Distraction Burglary” is a method of burglarizing a home that is becoming more common. “Distraction Burglary” involves a “visitor,” typically posing as someone from a service company such as a roofer or tree trimmer or a utility such as an electric or water company, distracts the homeowner with a tale of some kind of repair that needs done or work they’re doing in the area, and an accomplice then burglarizes the home while the homeowner is distracted. The most frequent targets for these types of burglaries are the elderly and vulnerable.
The Left Hand Water District reminds customers: please take steps to protect yourself from such an incident. Left Hand Water District field personnel will always be driving vehicles identifiable by the District’s logo, and will always be wearing District uniforms – shirts, jackets, etc., that have the District name and logo on them. Anyone who is approached by someone claiming to be a utility worker should be cautious and look for identifiable uniforms and vehicle markings. If you aren’t sure, don’t give the person access to your home; in the case of someone claiming to be on official business, contact the agency to confirm they are on legitimate business – the District’s main line (303-530-4200) can be called any time and District staff or our after-hours answering service can verify the identity of technicians if it is legitimately a District employee. Suspicious activity should be reported to the appropriate Sheriff’s office or Police Department.