Police warning: Don’t let strangers in your home!

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LANGLEY RCMP on Monday cautioned residents from allowing strangers to enter their homes.

Officers from Langley Detachment have attended a minimum of three homes over the last month after residents reported items stolen after a stranger with a ‘tale of woe’ entered their home.  The circumstances in these occurrences are very similar with minor differences.  In general, a stranger comes to your door with a problem.  This problem could be any number of things:

* May I have hot water to warm my babies’ bottle?

* May I use your microwave?

* May I have some water for my radiator?

* May I use your phone?

These individuals continue to come up with new and interesting ways to gain access to your home.  Once inside, they steal from you.  This may be an item that has been left laying out, such as jewelry, a purse or just a wallet.  The end result is you are now spending a good deal of your time cancelling credit cards, renewing driver’s licenses, ordering cheques, getting new BC Medical Cards or making a claim through your insurance company.  Even worse, if you don’t notice immediately, there may be charges on your credit cards or attempts made to steal your identification.

While the story given may be very appealing, even heart-wrenching, you should not allow strangers to enter your home.  If you feel it necessary to offer assistance, do so by getting them what they need while they wait safely OUTSIDE your home.

In the most recent instance it was a female who approached a home in Langley City on October 16 described as white, late 20’s, 5’2” to 5’6”, average to heavier build, with curly brown hair and wearing sunglasses.  The male is described as 25-30 years old, 6’2” tall, short black hair, with brown eyes and wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.  No vehicle description was obtained.

If you have information that would assist police with this investigation, call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.  Should you need to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers:

There are four ways to leave an “anonymous tip” with Crime Stoppers.

Talk: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

Type: www.solvecrime.ca

Text: BCTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/metrovancouvercrimestoppers