Crime prevention during Diwali
Diwali the 5 day Hindu festival of lights – commences on 19 October this year.
Diwali is the time of year that families remove jewellery from safe keeping to wear at the numerous celebrations.
Statistics have shown that during this time it is common practice for Asian properties to be targeted by criminal networks involved in lucrative ‘family gold’ thefts.
Gold is particularly tempting due to its high value and the speed and anonymity in which it can be exchanged for large sums of cash.
Consider the following advice:
Do not leave valuables out on display so they can be seen from outside
Invest in a good quality safe which complies with official insurance rating standards. A Home Office website www.securedbydesign.com lists approved security products.
When wearing your jewellery in public, be cautious as to who is around you. Stick to well-lit streets and consider wearing a scarf to cover your neckline.
Theft of gold affects victims financially but also emotionally. Each piece is usually individual in nature and handed down from generation to generation so it has great sentimental value and often irreplaceable.