Why Asian gold?
Being a victim of theft or burglary is an upsetting experience, particularly if things with high sentimental, financial and cultural value - like family jewellery - are stolen.
Gold jewellery is often bought as a wedding gift in British Asian families and passed down through generations.
Thieves are particularly targeting Asian gold because it is often of a very high quality.
How can I help?
The Asian community in Ashford, Kent has been targeted by gold thieves. If you know anything about the theft of gold, or the sale of stolen gold, do the right thing. Tell us 100% anonymously.
You can call us on 0800 555 111, or fill in our anonymous online form.
How can I protect my valuables?
We're also asking possible targets to take care of their belongings by following some simple steps:
- Keep all gold, jewellery and other valuables in a safety deposit box – speak to your local bank to find out what’s available.
- Keep high-value gold and jewellery at home, ideally in a good-quality safe which complies with official insurance rating standards and their requirements on fitting. To ensure that your safe is the best possible standard, visit www.securedbydesign.com, a Home Office approved website, which lists approved security products that have been awarded the ‘Police Preferred Specification’ status.
- Consider keeping gold and jewellery hidden (particularly during wedding season and religious holidays), and be discreet when wearing it in public until you get to the venue.
- Be extra vigilant around religious holidays, festivals and weddings by being aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious behaviour.
- Ensure all jewellery is digitally recorded, that your insurance is up to date and that all jewellery or valuables are covered.
You can find out more about how to prevent burglary happening to you here on our website.
If you have any information, about this or any other crime, please contact us anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via our quick and easy anonymous online form:
*All stats sourced from BBC article Asian gold: More than £140m stolen in UK in last five years, March 2019.