Police warn elderly residents to beware of strangers

A 35-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly targeting elderly people in the Manurewa area, and convincing them to let her into their homes by pretending to need help.

Police say the public need to be very careful about who they let into their homes, especially elderly residents.

Items that were stolen included wallets and other valuables.  In one incident, it is alleged that a victim was pushed over by the 35-year-old.

The woman is now facing ten charges, six of which are for burglary.

She is set to appear at the Manukau District Court on September 30.

Criminal behaviour that targets vulnerable members of the community will not be tolerated by Police says Inspector Bruce O'Brien, Counties-Manukau Central Area Prevention Manager.

He said, “I urge residents, not to let people into their homes that they do not know and if you feel threatened or scared in anyway then please call 111 immediately.  Also, never disclose your pin numbers to anyone.”

Police want to hear from anyone who may have been a victim of this type of crime so that they help prevent it from happening to others.

“The community can help by reporting any suspicious behaviour to Police, even if it seems minor, such as a person or vehicle you have not seen in the area before.  By working together, we can keep those most vulnerable in our communities safe.”

Please contact Counties Manukau Police on 09 261 1300 or you contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.