November 12, 2012
For Release: Immediately    
 
Central Hudson Warns of Utility Impersonators

Customers of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation should be aware of three persons posing as utility employees attempting to gain access to residences. According to the New York State Police and the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, three men posing as Central Hudson employees – wearing safety vests and driving a silver pick-up truck with a yellow light on the roof – recently visited at least three residences in Kerhonkson and Stone Ridge. “They claimed they were to change the electric meters, but apparently their true intention was to commit burglaries and larcenies,” said Charles A. Freni, Senior Vice President of Customer Services. “Police officials indicated that at least two burglaries were committed, allegedly by these three individuals.”

Central Hudson reminds customers that its employees and authorized contractors carry photo identification, and will always display it upon request. “Our customers’ safety and security are of utmost importance to us. Do not hesitate to ask our employees or contractors for identification before allowing them on your property or into your home or business,” said Freni.

“If, after seeing identification, there is still any uncertainty, ask the individual to wait outside and contact local law enforcement or call us for verification,” said Freni.

“We are more than willing to accommodate a request for identification,” said Freni. “Residents should never feel embarrassed to ask, and our employees will not take offense. Confirming the identity of our employees is the smart thing to do.”

Customers with any questions about an employee’s identity should call local law enforcement or may contact Central Hudson at (845) 452-2700 or 1-800-527-2714.
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