13.7 C
Kawartha Lakes
Saturday, June 22, 2024
No menu items!
HomeNewsLocal business reports attempted distraction style theft

Local business reports attempted distraction style theft

KAWARTHA LAKES-The Kawartha Lakes Police Service is warning businesses and residents not to let their guard down after a local business reported an attempted distraction style theft.

Police say on Saturday June 8, 2019 three men entered a convenience store in Lindsay.  Two men approached the clerk and began asking for directions to another business.  While the clerk was distracted by this conversation, the third man attempted to remove lottery tickets from a display on the store counter according to police.

The clerk allegedly observed this attempt by the third man and prevented the theft from taking place.  Businesses are not the only targets of distraction style thefts, and the general public should also be on guard.  Distraction style thefts can occur in a parking lot or street and in full view of the general public.

The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service offers the following safety tips to help you avoid being the victim of a distraction theft:

  • Keep your personal items within eyesight while shopping and never turn your back on them in public
  • Keep all zippers closed and pockets buttoned on your clothing
  • If someone accidentally spills something on you, be alert and be aware of those people around you
  • Be on guard if you are approached in a parking lot by someone claiming your tire is flat, your vehicle is damaged, or you have dropped money on the ground. This may be a ploy to distract you in order to steal your property or possibly your vehicle

Police say these types of thieves are opportunists.  Do not let your guard down and give them an opportunity ot make you a victim of crime.

Don't forget to sign up for our morning newsletter.

Catch up on all the local news while enjoying your coffee.

Pamela Vanmeer
Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

Most Popular

Kawartha 411