Officers investigating burglaries where high value gold jewellery has been stolen from Asian families are sharing advice to help prevent this type of crime.
Northamptonshire Police is investigating a number of offences involving the theft of gold jewellery, and is also working with communities to provide crime prevention advice and support.
Detective Superintendent Dennis Murray, Head of Crime at Northamptonshire Police, said: “If you have valuable items and jewellery in your home, I’d suggest you don’t talk about it outside your home or tell people about it.
“Another thing you should do is ensure that high value jewellery is covered on your home insurance. Some policies don’t cover items over £1,000, others won’t provide cover unless they are detailed on the policy.
“Our officers are working hard to bring all the offenders in these crimes to justice. I hope that by being just as proactive with our prevention advice we can help prevent more families from having to deal with the theft of items that are not only financially but sentimentally significant to them.”
Protecting your valuables and home
Consider removing your gold and jewellery from your home – speak to your bank to find out what safety deposit boxes are available
Invest in a good quality safe, secured to a brick wall or floor. Search for approved and tested security products at www.securedbydesign.com or www.soldsecure.com
Make sure your jewellery is marked with a suitable security product such as SmartWater® and register your property free of charge at www.immobilise.com. Find information on traceable liquids at www.securedbydesign.com
Photograph each piece of valuable gold or jewellery and keep a written description – this will help in appealing for information and returning it to you if it is ever stolen
Improve home security measures, keep doors and windows locked and check callers before opening the door. Further crime prevention advice is available at www.northants.police.uk
Report suspicious vehicles in your area or any activity you think is suspicious to police on 101. In an emergency, call 999.