Police urge Asian community to keep jewellery safe

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OFFICERS from North Sandwell are visiting mosques, temples and community centres across the West Bromwich, Wednesbury and Tipton to warn about keeping Asian jewellery safe.

There have been 14 burglaries since May 1 where jewellery has been stolen and police are concerned that some offenders may be targeting addresses and communities because they are aware of special occasions or religious events and know that properties will be empty.

The officers will be delivering letters, which offer crime prevention advice that people can take to reduce the risk of being a victim of burglary. The visits will also cover property marking and other methods of keeping a record of valuable items.

The letter is available in English, Punjabi, Urdu, Gujarati and Bangladeshi.

Sergeant Jangeer Kayani, sector deputy from Wednesbury police station, said: “Our research shows us that jewellery is the second highest commodity stolen after cash in domestic burglaries.

“We have noticed that an increasing amount of Asian jewellery is being stolen. We hope that recipients find the letter useful and informative and consider using the crime prevention advice.”

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