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Asians told: Protect your gold and jewellery

Local authority crackdown on fraud saves £320million

Local authorities managed to prevent or detect £302m in fraud in 2017/18, according to the latest figures from finance experts.The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) found that while the amount detected or prevented was £34m less than last year’s total, the number of cases increased to 80,000 from 75,000 in 2016/17.

The CIPFA Fraud and Corruption Tracker (CFaCT) also shows the number of serious or organised crime cases doubled to 56, with business rates fraud increasing to £10.4m in 2017/18 from £4.3m in 2016/17.

 

How you can stay safe at home this Christmas

As Christmas approaches, police are offering some personal safety and home security advice:

 •Going Christmas shopping? Don’t leave valuables and gifts on display in your car.

•Secure your gates. Putting locks on all gates which access your garden will help make your property more secure.

•Register your items on Immobilise. It is FREE and lets you create a private and secure log of all your personal property. To find out more, visit: www.immobilise.com

•Don’t leave your car or van unlocked, unattended or with the engine running whilst you de-ice your car in the mornings. This is not secure and your car insurance will be invalid if it was stolen.

•Attending a Christmas party? Keep your drink safe and remember if you do drink alcohol, know your limits. For more information on personal safety, visit the Suzy Lamplugh Trust advice pages.

•Attending a Christmas party? Make sure you consider how you are getting home in advance. Don’t use unlicensed taxis. For more information on personal safety, visit the Suzy Lamplugh Trust advice pages.

•Don’t leave presents or valuables in view of a window.

•Your recycling and rubbish can tell thieves what new presents you have. Do not advertise to thieves. Fold your present packaging inside out or put them in other plain boxes.

•Treat your shed to an alarm. Ensure that all new and old presents stored in your outbuildings are locked away securely.

•If you’re out for the evening or Christmas shopping, keep your bags, phone and other valuables safe. Busy places make it easier for thieves.

•Treat yourself to a TV simulator. It gives the impression you’re at home when you’re not.

 

Thurrock PCSO wins national diversity and equality award

A Thurrock PCSO has won a national award for diversity, equality and inclusiveness. Macdonald (Mac) Neife, Chairman of the Minority and Ethnic Support Association (MESA), has won a national award for his work within the force and across the county in promoting equality, diversity and fairness. The Police Staff Award at this year’s National Black Police Association was presented to Mac for his passion and dedication in driving positive change within the force by reaching out to, and engaging with, people from diverse backgrounds. Mac champions the force as an inclusive organisation and has been heavily involved in Essex Police’s first diversity and inclusion campaign due to launch at the end of the year.

 News in brief

LONDONERS are being asked by police to protect their family gold, especially during the celebration of religious festivals.

  During the last financial year there were 1,891 burglaries involving Asian victims, during which 6,369 items of jewellery were stolen, valued at nearly £9m. The main point of entry for these burglaries was via the front door, followed by the patio door or via a window.

  Intelligence continues to show organised criminal networks are increasingly involved in lucrative 'family gold theft' which affects many families including those from Asian, Jewish and Maltese communities across various locations in the Capital.

   Burglars use various tactics and have even been known to rip up floorboards, remove bath panels and removes safes. It is therefore essential for the public to help prevent these offences by taking the following precautions:-

- Take a photograph of your valuables - it is the best way officers can prove it belongs to you if a burglar is stopped.

- Property mark your jewellery, by using a traceable liquid such as SmartWater, this gives police the best chance of reuniting victims with their stolen property, if recovered. The website www.securedbydesign.com provides more information on traceable liquids.

- Consider installing CCTV cameras and burglar alarms as a deterrent.

- Avoid keeping jewellery in bedrooms and bathrooms -the first place a burglar will look.

- Consider keeping your jewellery safe with the National Pawnbrokers Association.

- If you do wear valuables out in public; cover them up so you don't draw attention to them

- If you do decide to store your valuables in a safe, ensure it is secured

The festival period tends to see a spike in this type of crime largely due to more jewellery being worn as communities travel across London to different venues - whether temples or to other people's homes.

The MPS has continued to step up its efforts to tackle gold thieves through ‘Operation Nugget’, which seeks to drive down the numbers of offences and bring more perpetrators to justice through a series of different initiatives

To find out more on how to protect yourself and your property visit: www.met.police.uk/crime-prevention

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