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Delta Police encouraging families and friends to check in on loved ones
With the holiday season in full swing, the Delta Police want to remind Delta residents to check-in with their family, friends, and neighbours – especially those who are more vulnerable and living alone.
In the past month, Delta Police has responded to two calls from concerned relatives requesting officers provide assistance for a loved one, according to spokesperson A/Sgt. Sarah Swallow.
In the first, an alert daughter called Delta Police after realizing her elderly mother had been the target of an “emergency phone call” scam and had lost a significant amount of money. Police were able to stop a second payment from being completed.
In the second case, an out of town family member called Delta Police to check on a relative after not hearing from them in several days.
Police attended the relative’s apartment but there was no answer at the door and there did not appear to be anyone home. The police officers ion the scene were about to leave but felt something was wrong and realized they could hear faint sounds coming from within the home.
The officers were unable to find a key holder and subsequently broke down the door to find the victim had fallen four days prior and had been unable to get up or call for help.
The victim was transported to hospital where they received emergency treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.
Delta Police are encouraging everyone to check in on family members, friends, and neighbours – and especially those more vulnerable – this holiday season.
“If you suspect that anything is amiss, [we] ask you to trust your intuition and physically check on those people, or to call on us to do so,” said Swallow.