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Asian Gold burglaries

Alert message sent 29/07/2019 15:30:00

Information sent on behalf of Surrey Police

This is a recognised national problem. There were seven such crimes in Runnymede in July 2019 particularly in Addlestone and to a lesser extent in Chertsey.  Whilst such burglaries are not frequent in Runnymede, we recognise many families' legitimate concern as these crimes cause a great deal of suffering and economic harm to families as the stolen jewellery may represent both life-savings and also irreplaceable heirlooms.

Residential Burglary is a priority on North Surrey Division  (Elmbridge, Runnymede and Spelthorne boroughs) and resources have been allocated to both overt patrols and proactive covert work. This includes working and sharing information on a regional level with neighbouring forces which have also experienced such crimes such as Thames Valley and the Metropolitan Police.

In North Surrey Divisions, any victim who has been burgled is offered free expert advice from police Designing Out Crime Officers. We have also distributed free Selecta DNA marking kits to neighbourhoods with historically higher risk of residential burglary. As of Friday, we have distributed 1,009 such kits in Runnymede. We also have distributed leaflets in several Indian languages giving advice to mitigate the threat of burglary.

In order to safeguard valuables, we would recommend that:

• Gold and jewellery, other than what is worn day to day, is secured in a secure storage such as a safety deposit box. If this is not possible, consider installing a home safe secured to a wall or a floor.

• Be discrete wearing jewellery in public and on social media, particularly during wedding season and religious holidays. Be careful showing that you are away on social media as this may mean that burglars could target your home. Also remove the meta-data from digital photographs with jewellery shown as this can flag your location.

• Take photographs of valuable jewellery pieces and keep a written record of them. This will aid police in returning any stolen property and make it more difficult for burglars to sell on the stolen items as the photographs will be circulated to pawn brokers or jewellers.

• Mark jewellery by laser engraving, DNA marking or a UV pen then register it with immobilise.com - https://www.immobilise.com/

• Check your windows and doors and ensure that they are strong, locked and alarmed as forcing doors and windows is a very common method used by offenders.

• Update or instal CCTV, burglar alarms and security lighting. Burglars will pick the houses that look the most vulnerable. A Designing Out Crime Officer can come to houses discretely and give free, impartial and expert advice about improving security.

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Nick Pinkerton (Surrey Police, Inspector, Runnymede)

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