Our area police warn us about distraction thieves. Those are the crooks that get our attention on one thing so they can steal another thing from us. They are charming, and may even pretend to know you and to want to help you. They find easy targets in the elderly, tourists and those with money or jewelry visible.

So what do they do?

  1. They bump against you, spill something on you and try to clean it off.
  2. Drop money and ask if it is yours.
  3. Pretend you are an acquaintance and put their hands on you.
  4. Start arguments to distract you and then pick your pocket.
  5. Approach you while you are in your car to say your car tire is flat.

So what can you do?

  1. Keep your personal items in sight at all times. (This includes your children)
  2. Use purses with secure fastenings and keep them closed and close to you.
  3. Never carry wallets or charge cards in your rear pocket.
  4. Be very aware at ATM machines
  5. In the car, turn off vehicle, take keys out of the ignition and guard your purse or wallet.

But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action. (James 1:25, MSG)

Prayer- Lord, help us pay attention where ever we are, not just for the thieves of things but the thief of your words from our hearts. Amen.

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