Thieves target seniors instead of honouring them during Seniors' Week

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This is seniors' week across B.C. but instead of honouring our elders, some thieves are targeting them in scams, warn Langley police.

A distraction scam has been on the rise again in Langley, this time targeting older people, mainly senior women who are out grocery shopping.

How the recent scam works is one suspect will identify a potential target, usually an elderly female out grocery shopping. The suspect will follow the potential victim home where he is joined by a second suspect, often times a female.

The two will approach the home asking the potential victim for water for an overheating vehicle or even for water to heat a baby bottle.

"Yes, at times there will even be a baby present with the suspects," said Const. Craig van Herk. "While the unsuspecting victim goes inside to get the water the suspect steals the victim's wallet or purse."

"It is difficult to measure the negative level in which some very unsavoury people will stoop. For non-violent offences, these incidents rank as very disturbing," said Langley RCMP Insp. Murray Power. "To be covertly invading the homes of our seniors for the purpose of stealing is reaching the lowest of levels. These thieves have captured the attention of police and investigations will be actively pursued."

Officers are working hard to catch these suspects.

The exact same scam had just hit across the river in Mission two weeks ago and may be the same people . In one of the thefts, they targeted an 86-year-old woman.

The Crime Prevention Unit is always available to make a presentation to seniors about how they can better protect themselves. If you would like a free presentation, call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3212.

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