Diwali 2012 – Safety Information

This is a message from Neighbourhood Link Information sent on behalf of Leicestershire Constabulary
Message sent by
Steve Hastings (Police, CEC 7390, Leicestershire)
Large quantity of gold jewellery taken in burglary
Detectives are investigating a burglary in which a large amount of Asian gold jewellery was stolen.
The burglary happened in Westmeath Avenue, off Goodwood Road, in Leicester some time between 11.30pm on Saturday October 20 and 2am the following day.
The house was entered by forcing the front door and an untidy search was made of the bedrooms. A large amount of property including Asian designer clothing, a large amount of cash and Asian gold jewellery was stolen.
DC 4010 Louise Osborne of the City CID is investigating the crime. She said: “This is a particularly upsetting crime which has left the family traumatised. Asian gold jewellery from several generations has been stolen and is irreplaceable. I want to hear from anyone who was in Westmeath Avenue at the time the crime was committed or anyone who has information relating to this burglary.
“I also want to appeal to local businesses that may buy Asian gold jewellery, and ask them to contact me if they are offered gold jewellery in suspicious circumstances. To contact me, simply dial 101.”
A spokeswoman for the family said: “We are all deeply affected by this burglary. Many of the stolen items are of great sentimental value. If anyone knows anything at all that may assist the police please help us.”
Eight burglaries, in which Asian gold jewellery was stolen, have been reported to police in the city in the last week. Officers are offering the following advice to Asian families to help them safeguard their jewellery:
  • Photograph all items of jewellery individually and keep the photos safe;
  • Register your jewellery for free at www.immobilise.com;
  • Buy a small safe for use at home and fix to a secure surface;
  • Where possible use a bank or safety deposit box;
  • Lock all windows and doors when asleep and when out of the house;
  • Ensure your insurance reflects the up-to-date value of your gold jewellery;
  • If you have a burglar alarm, please remember to use it.
If you see anyone acting suspiciously, please ring the police immediately on 101. If you suspect they might be breaking into houses, dial 999. For more advice visit www.leics.police.uk/burglary
Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 4010 Louise Osborne by dialling 101. Follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number 4010. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers, which is free* and anonymous on 0800 555 111.
* Please note, some mobile ‘phone service providers may charge for this call.