PEOPLE in Southall are being advised to take extra care with their gold and valuables as the Metropolitan Police warns of a possible increase in robberies across London.
With the selling price of gold at an all-time high and the means to sell it easier than ever, the police are trying to pre-empt any attempts to target members of the Asian community.
Figures from the Met show that Asian households account for 24 percent of all burglaries where jewellery was taken and 16 percent of all repeat burglary victims.
Officers are distributing leaflets with tips for preventing theft, from securing their homes and investing in a safebox to being discreet in public while wearing valuable items.
They are also raising awaerness of schemes to mark jewellery with UV markers, thereby discouraging thieves and making it easier to retrieve any stolen property.
Jagjit Sanghera, Neighbourhood Watch Chairman for Norwood Green said: "I haven’t heard too much from my end about any increases in gold robberies, either at jewellers or from individuals. From what I understand, the leaflets and police advice are a pre-emptive measure intended to minimise the possibility of anyone becoming a victim.
"It looks like they’re taking action now as we will soon be in the season for Diwali. Many members of the Asian community will be attending gatherings and firework displays wearing their best jewellery and items may also be given as gifts. This could increase the risk of robbery so the police are doing what they can to prevent it."
People can get more information by visiting the website www.met.police.uk/crimeprevention