Thieves target Asian gold and jewellery
08 Jul 2016 08:53 AM[View Full Size]
Police are advising the owners of Asian gold and jewellery to look after their property.
The warning comes after three recent burglaries in the Fenham area of Newcastle where tens of thousands of pounds worth of Asian gold and jewellery were stolen by thieves.
The burglars broke into all three properties by smashing patio doors and then searched the house taking a number of items of Asian gold and jewellery.
Officers believe that offenders are specifically choosing their targets because of the high value of the items and are urging homeowners and anyone who owns large amounts of jewellery to protect it.
Newcastle west acting Inspector Pinner Rana said: "In many families of Asian heritage there is a strong traditional emphasis placed on gold and jewellery and some of the items that we have seen stolen are not only of significant financial value but also of great sentimental value, having been passed down from generation to generation.
"These unscrupulous criminals do not care about that, all they see is gold and jewellery that they can quickly steal and sell on.
"We are advising anyone who lives in the west end of Newcastle and who owns large quantities of Asian gold to consider storing it somewhere away from their home. Options include storing it in a safety deposit box at a secure location or at your bank, speak to your local bank to see what is available.
"If you do keep jewellery in your home then invest in a good quality safe that is secured to a wall of the floor and always keep it locked.
"Make sure that windows and doors are locked at all times, even when inside the home, and are of a good standard and fit for purpose. Make sure any alarms and security lights that you may have fitted are working.
"Please keep an eye out for anyone who is hanging around neighbourhoods, streets, homes and that looks suspicious. These recent burglaries have happened during the day when people have been out at work and if you see someone hanging around houses and that looks suspicious, day or night, then please ring us and report it."
Officers in the west end of Newcastle are carrying out house to house enquiries in the areas where the burglaries were committed and passing on crime prevention advice to residents.
If anyone has any concerns or wants any advice they can contact the Newcastle West neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.