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Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:02 am, Wed May 9, 2012.

I recently read in the police log that two men were on a Lodi street posing as Pacific Gas and Electric Company workers asking for access to people's backyards to check gas meters.

This little blurb was important to me because a man came to Vine Street twice to get into my backyard. The first time I was not home and the man went away. The second time I was home and, like I didn't know better, I took him through my garage to the back.

He was wearing an orange jacket (much like the ones used by utility workers) and he had a hard hat and clip board. He explained that he had to check homes because of the recent gas leaks and explosions PG&E has had to deal with.

The thing is: I never asked for identification of any kind. I worked for the Vacaville Police Department as a volunteer, and part of my service involved seniors with well-checks and reporting problems. I was proud to save a senior from a lottery scam that would have taken thousands of dollars from her.

I am sure these men were checking backyards since entry into a home is less noticeable from the back, and they could find the easiest entry.

Seniors are trusting because we grew up where doors and windows were not locked, we knew our neighbors and the crime rate was low. I want to warn others. Do not allow people on your property without a valid ID.

Barbara Sefried

Lodi

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