Tens of thousands of pounds' worth of Asian gold jewellery stolen in Merstham burglary (From Redhill And Reigate Life)
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Tens of thousands of pounds' worth of Asian gold jewellery stolen in Merstham burglary
9:00am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
Police are warning homeowners to be vigilant after a spate of burglaries - including in Merstham - in which Asian gold has been targeted.
Surrey Police said it was reminding residents how they can protect their homes and property in the wake of the break-ins in the north and east of the county.
Tens of thousands of pounds' worth of Asian gold jewellery was stolen in a burglary in the Brook Road area of Merstham. The raiders got into the home by a rear window sometime between 11am and 1.30pm on Friday, August 23.
Other burglaries have been carried out in Sunbury-on-Thames, Ashford and Caterham over the last couple of weeks.
In a number of the raids in which Asian gold has been taken, easily transportable possessions such as valuable electrical items have been ignored.
A Surrey Police spokeswoman said this has led officers to believe that the offenders have targeted Asian gold.
Liane Jarman, Force crime reduction advisor, said: "Due to the high value of Asian gold in particular, we tend to see spates of offences in which jewellery of this type is targeted.”
She said: “Detectives and neighbourhood officers are working closely together around this issue to both relentlessly pursue those who commit these offences, and also to prevent such offences occurring. “We have seen some pay off from this with a recent burglary at the home of an Asian victim in which nothing was taken because jewellery had been stored elsewhere.”
In that break-in, at a property in Sunbury-on-Thames between August 30 and 31, the raiders left empty-handed because the homeowner had taken crime prevention advice from the local Safer Neighbourhood Team, and stored their jewellery at their bank. Ms Jarman said: “We would advise all residents to think about their home security.
“This is not just about locking doors and windows – although this is very important – but also where valuable items are stored within the property and whether this is the right place for them.
"If possible, store jewellery in a bank safety deposit box, or invest in a home safe and avoid discussing holidays or trips away in public. “Also, we recommend that you photograph your jewellery and register items and other valuables via a company such as http://www.immobilise.com/.” She added: “Finally, we always recommend that residents install an alarm and security lighting, and as the nights start to draw in, that homes look occupied when residents are out or away by using automatic timer switches to turn internal lights on and off.”
For more advice people should contact their local Crime Reduction Advisor on 101.