By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – City Council plans a hearing on reports of thieves impersonating Philadelphia utility company workers to make their way into the homes of seniors.

Councilman Curtis Jones was prompted to call for the hearing after a rash of robberies last year by people impersonating utility workers:

“Whether it’s the gas works, the water department or the electric company impersonators entering homes under the guise of checking meters and then victimizing our seniors,” Jones said.

Jones is hoping that the hearing would result in two things: a form of ID that is consistent among all the utilities that operate in Philadelphia, and a call center for each utility for residents to verify employment.

“So that if someone has a doubt about a person’s ID, they can immediately call a supervisor to validate the fact that this person is who they say they are and works for the utility company in question.”

No date has yet been set for the hearing.

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