Distraction Thefts – Awareness and Tips
RCMP is advising the community to be aware of this type of crime - thefts whereby a form of distraction is used on the victim.
Thieves have been targeting people leaving various financial institutions after making cash withdrawals. Travellers leaving or arriving from YVR have also been targeted.
The thieves have utilized several methods to distract their victims. They include: dropping a $5 or $10 bill on the ground and claiming that it was dropped inadvertently by the victim; damaging part of a vehicle owned by the victim, such as puncturing a tire, in an effort to persuade them to exit the vehicle to survey the damage; spraying paint, ketchup, or spilling a beverage on the victim’s clothing, While distracted, the thief will attempt to steal the victim’s wallet/purse from them or from their vehicle. says Corporal Dennis Hwang.
- Make an attempt to carry cash separately from one’s wallet or purse
- Be aware of your surroundings
- When travelling be cognizant of your belongings at all times
- Contact the police immediately if you observe anything suspicious
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