3.   A utility may take all necessary steps to enter the premises of, discontinue utility service to, and remove utility equipment from, any property listed on an abandoned property list established pursuant to section 36 of P.L.1996, c.62 (C. 55:19-55) or any property that is determined by a public officer to meet the definition of abandoned property as set forth in sections 4 through 6 of P.L.2003, c.210 (C. 55:19-81 through C. 55:19-83), provided that the utility is accompanied by a law enforcement officer from the municipality within which the property is located.

   L.2006,c.24,s.3.