A man claiming to be a U.S. Census Bureau worker damaged two doors while knocking for the residents of a house, according to an incident report filed with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
A man living on Golf View Court, Jefferson, said a man claiming to be from the Census Bureau came to his house and started “beating” on the door.
A front door of the residence was chipped and a back door was dented, according to an incident report. A deputy said it appeared that someone tried kicking the rear door. There were also scratch marks on the door, as though someone was trying to break into the residence.
A woman inside the house said she heard the beating on the front and back doors. She thought the man would break the glass on the door from beating it.
When she answered the door, the man never identified himself and starting demanding her personal information, the woman said. The man had a Census sticker on his shirt.
The woman said she didn’t give the man any personal information, because she had already submitted her written Census forms.
The man gave her a piece of paper with his name and phone number on it, according to an incident report.
The man then said he’d send a couple of guys back to the residence in a few days and he left with his vehicle’s tires spinning in the driveway. Tire marks were found on the driveway.
The man and woman at the residence got the license plate information of the vehicle.
A deputy provided the residents with a contact number to the Census Bureau to file a complaint and to learn if the man was employed by the agency. Extra patrol was also provided in the area.
Census workers do not wear stickers on their shirts nor do we beat on people's doors. Please beware of those individuals who will take advantage of a legitimate operation. Anyone who seems rude or weird should be reported instantly to your local Police, then to the Gainesville Regional Census office at 678-707-5120.
Genuine Census workers have been trained and are under oath to protect your information, with substantial penalties involved for any breach. We have proper government I.D. and will gladly provide personal I.D. such as state issued drivers' license. The group of people when I was in training were all mature adults, pleasant and professional.
The Census plays an important role in the allocation of Federal monies for Schools, Hospitals, Roads, and Representatives; all of these are allocated by population counts.
Citizens, be careful whom you admit to your home; still, please don't let some crackpot prevent your participation in the legitimate Census count.