Surrey Police renew warning to gold jewellery owners after burglaries spate (From Redhill And Reigate Life)
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Surrey Police renew warning to gold jewellery owners after burglaries spate
10:00am Saturday 12th October 2013 in Local News
Surrey Police are urging owners of expensive gold jewellery to make sure it is protected in the run-up to religious festivals.
The message has come after several burglaries over recent months in which properties have been targeted by burglars for Asian gold, particularly.
Tens of thousands of pounds' worth of Asian gold jewellery was stolen in one burglary alone in the Brook Road area of Merstham on August 23.
Other break-ins have been carried out too in eastern and northern areas of the county.
Now Surrey Police is renewing its call to owners of expensive jewellery to keep their valuables safe to prevent further victims.
A Surrey Police spokeswoman said burglary victims have previously prevented their property being stolen by taking advice from their local Safer Neighbourhood Team, and by storing their jewellery at their bank.
Officers want other owners to take these steps.
Detective Superintendent John Boshier, who is the Surrey Police lead for burglary, said: "Asian gold jewellery plays an important role in many religious festivities, with many items handed down through generations.
“Therefore, they are not just a valuable item, but also one which has great sentimental worth.”
Det Supt Boshier said: "It would be a huge loss to their owner if such jewellery was taken, especially at such a special time in the religious calendar, which is why I am urging owners to take simple steps in protecting their belongings to prevent them becoming a victim.”
He continued: "If possible, store jewellery in a bank safety deposit box, or invest in a home safe and avoid discussing times when you will be away from your home in public.
"Also, I strongly recommend that you photograph your jewellery and register items and other valuables via a company such as Immobilise, as well as taking other measures such as installing an alarm and security lighting, by using automatic timer switched to turn internal lights on and off.”
In a number of the recent 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 had led officers to believe that the offenders had targeted Asian gold. For more information about registering property online, visit: http://www.immobilise.com/ Advice on home security and how to keep jewellery safe can be obtained from Surrey Police's local Crime Reduction Advisor on 101, or by visiting: http://www.surrey.pnn.police.uk/