South Bay city halts census survey after neighbors' complaints

Scammer confusion prompts census survey stoppage
Posted at 6:47 PM, Dec 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-14 21:47:46-05

(KGTV) Imperial Beach will not be sending out any more census surveyors this year after people thought they were well-disguised scammers.

Suzanna York says they don’t get too many visitors at the end of her street so when a man in an orange vest began looking around people’s cars, she and other neighbors were curious.

“When my husband approached him and questioned him, the guy kept walking away and kept trying to avoid eye contact," said York, "he wouldn't present any credentials."

York says the man just keep repeating he was ‘getting ready for the census.’ 

The Navy veteran says the whole neighborhood is vigilant for thieves this time of year.

“Having somebody do that right before the holidays makes you think you’re neighborhood is being cased,” added York.

Imperial Beach officials confirmed it was their workers in those neighborhoods on Wednesday and that they are halting census related activity until 2018 when they get vests and ID cards bearing the city’s logo.