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This thread is aimed at UK community. I know close relatives who recently were victims of aggravated burglary. My message is to not keep any gold or cash of value at home. Also, increase your home security (e.g. good locks, fencing, alarm, CCTV). They could target your or my house next. Tackling Asian gold burglaries 14 SEP 2017 Police are urging residents to be vigilant following a spate of burglaries in which thieves have stolen valuable jewellery and cash from Asian families. Jewellery worth tens of thousands of pounds has been stolen from a number of homes across north Essex in recent months. In one case, two men broke into a property in Laburnum Crescent, Kirby Cross, at around 2.30pm on July 19 and threatened a 25-year-old man with a knife and what appeared to be a gun before stealing jewellery. The victim attempted to stop the men but was sprayed in the face with an unknown substance, causing irritation to his face. Burglars are believed to target specific homes and are generally ignoring possessions such as valuable electrical items. Detective Inspector Jim White said: “Asian traditions have always placed a strong emphasis on jewellery and investing in gold is a time-honoured practice as it plays an important role in many religious festivals as well as significant family occasions, with many items handed down through generations. “These are not just valuable possessions; they are also of great sentimental worth and are a huge loss to their owners if such jewellery is taken. “The spate of burglaries we have seen recently is a real concern for me and while we are doing everything we can to identify the criminals responsible, it’s also very important that residents do as much as possible to protect their property.” There were 13 burglaries in north Essex between May and July, in Colchester, Saffron Walden, Witham, Braintree, Chelmsford, Heybridge, Kirby Cross and three attempted burglaries. A common theme of such burglaries is that criminals will carry out messy searches of the whole house, including the loft. Residents are advised to keep any high value items in a safe deposit box or bank. Where this is not possible, put them in a safe, which is secured to a wall or floor and complies with official insurance rating standards. Take numerous pictures of your jewellery and itemise each one on your home insurance to ensure they are covered by your policy. Invest in CCTV and burglar alarms wherever possible for extra security and peace of mind. Residents can also request a home visit from their local crime prevention tactical advisor, who can advise on how to increase security to make homes less attractive to burglars. When wearing jewellery in public, particularly during wedding season and religious holidays, consider keeping your jewellery hidden discreet until you get to the venue and be extra vigilant. DI White said: “As criminals are believed to scope areas for homes that could be potential targets, I ask people to be aware of anybody acting suspiciously. If you are in any doubt, call police. “Any information will help with our investigations into identifying and bringing those responsible for these burglaries to justice.” Anyone requiring more advice on home security can contact their local crime prevention advisor on 101 or visit www.essex.police.uk. • Anyone who has information about similar burglaries or has been offered Asian or high value gold for sale is asked to call 101. • Alternatively contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/jewel-thieves-target-asian-families-13531985 Jewel thieves who swiped gold and cash worth thousands of pounds from families are being hunted by police. Police say several Asian families have been threatened with violence and weapons including screwdrivers during 18 jewellery thefts across Bolton . Detectives say the break-ins were committed with the specific intent of stealing gold jewellery and cash. http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/burglary-gang-who-stole-gold-13448783 A gang of jewellery thieves who targeted Asian families have been jailed for a total of more than 20 years. Martin Ward, 32, Martin McDonagh, 39, and William O’Donaghue, 41, are from Essex, Kent and London but travelled to the North East to commit their crimes.
https://instagram.com/p/BVR_b41lk2I/ (picture and info) https://instagram.com/p/BVSEqSaF5kE/ (cctv of the two bastards) Police have issued an appeal to find a man who took part in a violent robbery in which an elderly partially sighted Southall woman was attacked. Following the death of her husband in 2004, the family of 85 year old grandmother Avtar Kaur Man installed CCTV in her home so they could keep watch and have peace of mind knowing she was safe. On Wednesday 7 October, 2015, Avtar Kaur answered the door to two men who pushed their way in and began violently frisking her and ripping off her jewellery. They went on to ransack her home and dragged Avtar Kaur into a room by her legs, before running off with her jewellery and some cash, which Avtar had put aside to donate to a nearby Gurdwara. One of the two suspects, Ahsan Ali, was sentenced to 9 years in prison in relation to this robbery along with other offences. On BBC 1's Crimewatch Roadshow police appealed for help to trace the second suspect. The man is thought to be in his early 30s, has a large nose and sharp eyebrows. On the day of the robbery he was wearing a grey scarf and a navy blue hoody under a black jacket, which had a silver zip and black leather-look sleeves. He also wore black tracksuit bottoms with a distinctive red number ‘3’ on the right leg. He was wearing black and grey trainers.