City Council today held its first public hearing on an apparently rising crisis in Philadelphia – criminals disguised as utility workers knocking on the doors of seniors and robbing them.
Council’s committee on public safety is investigating a public awareness campaign to get the message out to older folks to be more mindful before they open the door to just anyone in uniform.
Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., who heads the public safety committee, said the most egregious impersonators are appearing as PECO, PGW or Philadelphia Water Department employees with a convoluted “need” to get inside the home. These impersonators then rob the victim, either by strong-arm or quietly, under the guise of doing work.
“A lot of it is a hard hat, a radio and a reflective vest,” said Frances Healey, special advisor to Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.