Home safety advice has been given out to members of Northampton’s Asian community following concerns about a number of burglaries.
Safety experts along with CID officers from Northamptonshire Police attended a meeting with about 60 people from Northampton’s Asian community yesterday.
The meeting, at Emmanuel Church in Weston Favell, followed a spate of nine burglaries which targeted Asian families during January and February this year, with jewellery and gold specifically targeted.
There were 38 burglaries in the Spencer area of Northampton in 2013.
During the session, which was organised by Sergeant Wyn Hughes, residents were given advice on how to protect any jewellery they may have in their homes and tips on how to deter burglars.
Sgt Hughes said: “Crime overall is dropping in Northamptonshire, but some parts of our community are being targeted by thieves for their gold and jewellery.
“Many of these criminals are travelling thieves from other parts of the country. So we’re looking at their vehicles and their lifestyles and doing whatever it takes to arrest them.”
During the community meeting, demonstrations were given of a liquid security system which can be used to mark jewellery with a unique code, meaning if it is stolen, it can easily be returned to its rightful owner.
Officers also encouraged residents to take photographs of all their jewellery, consider investing in a safe which can be attached to a wall or the floor, or storing their valuables in a bank vault.
Sgt Hughes said: “The actual chances of being involved in this type of crime in Northamptonshire is not high, but if people are, we’ll do everything we can to help them.”
Northamptonshire Police has also issued the following crime prevention tips:
Invest in a safe, and ensure it is securely fixed to a brick wall.
Alternatively, consider using a bank safety deposit box to store gold or high value jewellery.
When wearing jewellery in public, be cautious and discreet to avoid attracting unwanted attention.
Photograph each piece of valuable gold or jewellery with a written description - this will help in appealing for information and returning it to you if it is stolen. Ensure you also have an agreed valuation from your insurance company
Make sure your jewellery is marked with a product appropriate for use on jewellery visit www.securedbydesign.com for property marking products
Remember to lock all external windows and doors including rear and side entrances when you go out
Consider joining your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, if there is no local scheme, why not start your own?
Review your current home security arrangements to ensure that they are adequate. When addressing security consider the value of your belongings kept within the home.
For further crime prevention advice visit www.northants.police.co.uk/crimeprevention.