Anyone can be a victim of a distraction robbery. There are plenty of ploys, and robbers are very creative. Some of them will ask you for directions to a hospital or some other place, ask to borrow a map, politely ask you to take a picture of them, ask you to help them figure out how their cell phone or GPS works, try to sell you jewelry or get you to try it on, and so on. These robbers can be men, women, teens or mothers with babies. They are often likable and friendly, and you may not realize until much later that they robbed you of jewelry that you were wearing, of your credit cards or of your money. No violence has yet been reported in such cases.
If a stranger approaches you in a parking lot or on the street:
In case of emergency, call 9-1-1
Gatineau is the fourth largest city in the province of Quebec with close to 285,000 inhabitants.