Avoid distraction theft

News Dec 11, 2009 Ancaster News

Hamilton Police are warning the public about recent distraction thefts and offering some tips to prevent this crime.

Police have recently investigated two types of distraction thefts. In both incidents, elderly victims were approached by suspects who tell the victims they have something on the back of their coats. The suspects offer to assist and convince the victims to remove their coats. The suspects act as though they are cleaning the coat, and, in the process, remove items. In both cases, the victims had just left the bank and had cash in their coat pockets. The suspects then flee the area. In both incidents, the suspects were described as male, 35 to 40 years of age, dark hair with a strong accent.

Police advise that when walking, be alert. Look people in the eye and walk with confidence. Always be aware of those around you. Never carry large amounts of money and never count it in public. If you think you are being followed, go to the nearest well-lit public place or populated area. Don't feel pressured to speak with strangers, especially if they make you feel uncomfortable.

Avoid distraction theft

News Dec 11, 2009 Ancaster News

Hamilton Police are warning the public about recent distraction thefts and offering some tips to prevent this crime.

Police have recently investigated two types of distraction thefts. In both incidents, elderly victims were approached by suspects who tell the victims they have something on the back of their coats. The suspects offer to assist and convince the victims to remove their coats. The suspects act as though they are cleaning the coat, and, in the process, remove items. In both cases, the victims had just left the bank and had cash in their coat pockets. The suspects then flee the area. In both incidents, the suspects were described as male, 35 to 40 years of age, dark hair with a strong accent.

Police advise that when walking, be alert. Look people in the eye and walk with confidence. Always be aware of those around you. Never carry large amounts of money and never count it in public. If you think you are being followed, go to the nearest well-lit public place or populated area. Don't feel pressured to speak with strangers, especially if they make you feel uncomfortable.

Avoid distraction theft

News Dec 11, 2009 Ancaster News

Hamilton Police are warning the public about recent distraction thefts and offering some tips to prevent this crime.

Police have recently investigated two types of distraction thefts. In both incidents, elderly victims were approached by suspects who tell the victims they have something on the back of their coats. The suspects offer to assist and convince the victims to remove their coats. The suspects act as though they are cleaning the coat, and, in the process, remove items. In both cases, the victims had just left the bank and had cash in their coat pockets. The suspects then flee the area. In both incidents, the suspects were described as male, 35 to 40 years of age, dark hair with a strong accent.

Police advise that when walking, be alert. Look people in the eye and walk with confidence. Always be aware of those around you. Never carry large amounts of money and never count it in public. If you think you are being followed, go to the nearest well-lit public place or populated area. Don't feel pressured to speak with strangers, especially if they make you feel uncomfortable.