Crime trend warning to seniors: be vigilant and cautious when using your bank card
North Vancouver, Public Alert
2022-03-04 11:20 PST
North Vancouver RCMP are warning seniors in the community to be on the alert when using banking machines.
"We've become aware that a crime trend targeting seniors has resurfaced in recent weeks in the Lower Mainland," said Sergeant Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP. "Although we haven't received any recent reports in North Vancouver, we're warning our senior community to use an extra measure of caution, and to be vigilant when using their bank cards at ATM's and businesses."
The Distraction Technique
- once at the victim's vehicle, suspect(s) slash their car tire, or scatter thumb tacks around the tire, as a distraction
- while the victim's attention is diverted, suspect(s) steal the victim's purse, wallet, or cash
- the suspect(s) often appear non-threatening, act helpful, and may even be with a small child or a baby
The trend isn't new, having last appeared between the summer of 2019 and spring of 2020. However, a few new recent cases have police concerned for seniors' safety.
How To Protect Yourself
- don't leave your wallet or purse in your vehicle, even for a moment
- remain vigilant at all times – even when simply going for a walk
- if you feel like you are being targeted by a thief for a distraction theft, yell or make a lot of noise to attract attention and call 9-1-1
- if you have been the victim of a distraction theft, call 911 immediately, because if you wait, the chances of finding the suspects decrease significantly
How To Help Protect Senior Friends And Loved Ones
- provide advice contained in the RCMP Seniors' Guidebook To Safety And Security (link to download)
- be watchful and vigilant of seniors' safety while in the community, and call 9-1-1 if you suspect a senior is being targeted
Click here to download the RCMP Seniors' Guidebook To Safety And Security
Sgt. Peter DeVriesMedia Relations Officer
North Vancouver RCMP
147 East 14th St, North Van., BC, V7L 2N4
Website: nvan.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
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