Sus­pi­cious peo­ple at the door prompts warn­ing

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Delta Po­lice are warn­ing the pub­lic af­ter two re­cent in­stances where in­di­vid­u­als claimed to be a gov­ern­ment or Crown Cor­po­ra­tion em­ployee, and tried to gain ac­cess to peo­ple’s homes.

The first in­stance oc­curred be­tween 2-4 pm, on Oct. 30. A Cau­casian fe­male, ap­prox­i­mately 30-35 years old, 5’7” tall claimed to be from the City of Delta, and re­quested to do an in­spec­tion of a home in the Sun­shine Hills area. The woman did not pro­vide any iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, and was not driv­ing a City of Delta ve­hi­cle. She walked through the back­yard and in­te­rior of the home. Noth­ing was re­ported by the res­i­dent to be stolen. In the sec­ond in­stance, which oc­curred around 6:30 pm on Nov 2, a man went to the door of a res­i­dence in the Nordel area and claimed to be from BC Hy­dro. The man did not wear a uni­form, but showed a pur­ported BC Hy­dro iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, though he stood too far away for the res­i­dent to prop­erly read it. The man is de­scribed as Cau­casian, in his 20s, ap­prox­i­mately 5’6” tall with short blonde hair. The res­i­dent fur­ther de­scribed the man as un­pro­fes­sional, and called BC Hy­dro, who con­firmed he was not their em­ployee.

“No gov­ern­ment or Crown Cor­po­ra­tion em­ployee should come to your door and ask for en­try with­out an ap­point­ment be­ing made in ad­vance,” says Cris Leykauf, pub­lic af­fairs co­or­di­na­tor for Delta Po­lice. “We ad­vise all res­i­dents when faced with this cir­cum­stance to ei­ther deny such peo­ple en­try, or at a min­i­mum dou­ble check their cre­den­tials.” That should in­volve:

• Ask the per­son to wait out­side your home

• Lock your door

• Search out a num­ber your­self and con­tact their em­ployer di­rectly, or • Call the Delta Po­lice to check their ID. “A le­git­i­mate em­ployee will have no is­sues with you mak­ing that re­quest – and our of­fi­cers would be happy to check their iden­ti­fi­ca­tion for you, if you are not cer­tain of whom to con­tact,” says Leykauf.

If any­one else has ex­pe­ri­enced a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent re­cently, they are asked to con­tact Delta Po­lice at 604-946-4411.

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