Denver Police warn of crooks targeting elderly
DENVER – Police are warning of a recent spike in crimes against the elderly in Denver.
In one case, an 85-year-old woman was lured out of her home by a man who said her power lines were damaged.
“While she was in the alley the suspect stated he needed to get something out of his truck,” said Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson. “He went back into her house and burglarized it.”
The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male, late 30’s, Black Hair, square face, and tattoos of two lips on both sides of neck.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Denver Police Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).
Denver police are asking everyone to look out for elderly community members, neighbors, friends and family members so they are not victimized.
Safety Tips from DPD
· Don’t be afraid to be rude. You are not obligated to open the door for anyone you don’t know.
· Don’t open the door to anyone before you’ve checked who it is – look out of the window or use a spy hole in your door.
· If you open the door, keep the chain on while you find out who is calling and what they want.
· If you’re not expecting someone and you don’t know them, don’t let them into your home, no matter what they say to you. If a caller is legitimate they will understand your concerns.
· If someone claims to be from a company, such as a gas or electricity provider, always double check their identity – see the section below for tips on how to do that properly.
· If someone is asking for a favor, such as to use your bathroom, borrow a pen or retrieve a ball, don’t let them in. Instead direct them to a shop, office or public place.
· It’s only natural to want to help someone, but sadly that’s one of the techniques often used by distraction burglars.
· If you have any concerns about someone who has called at your door, call police immediately.
· If you have a chance try to note what they look like and any vehicle they have with them, so police can investigate.