There has been a small increase in residential burglaries in the city of Los Angeles, including the Pacific Palisades, Westwood, and West L.A., where organized groups of thieves target vulnerable elderly citizens and use trickery or a distraction to gain access to the residence and remove property.
Some common methods of trickery used have been:
Posing as Department of Water & Power employees who need to inspect the backyard.
Posing as construction workers at a neighboring house and needs to enter the backyard to inspect the wall.
Asking to go into the backyard to get their lost cat.
Posing as telephone company employees who need to inspect the telephone pole.
In September and October 2008, some areas where these incidents occurred were near:
West L.A.'s Missouri Ave & Butler Ave