Some thieves will dress like utility workers, asking to enter your residence to check on your electric, gas, water service and etc. This is usually done in pairs. One will distract the homeowner while the other quickly rummages through your valuables, stealing what they can. Know that your local utility workers are happy to present their employment credentials to prove their identity. If unsure, refuse them entry, tell them you are calling the utility to check them out and also the police, if needed. True utility workers will remain on scene outside, happily awaiting our arrival while scammers are long gone!