Brazen thieves target elderly

POLICE have issued a warning to keep homes secure and to not allow strangers in after reports some of the city’s most vulnerable residents have been targeted.

On each occasion the elderly residents, living in East and North Griffith areas have been approached by a female, who has used various reasons to gain entry to the home.

According to Griffith Inspector Kim Traynor, while in the home personal items, particularly wallets, purses and handbags are being

stolen, with the offender leaving immediately afterwards.

“Offences which target the elderly and vulnerable members of our communityare of great concern to police,” Insp Traynor said.

“Police are continuing to investigate these offences, however we

are seeking assistance from the community to improve safety and reduce the risk of further offences occurring.”

Inspector Traynor said although the person had been acting alone, it isnot known if more than one person was carrying out these offences.

However, from information available to police, it appears offenders

have been targeting people who live alone, particularly elderly residents.

In one incident the woman gained entry by telling her elderly

victim that her car had broken down and she needed to use the toilet.

If you are a victim of an offence or you witness suspicious activity

please contact the police immediately.

Anyone who has information regarding these incidents are asked to contact Griffith Police on 6969 4299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.