Asian families in Brent ‘targeted’ for their jewellery by armed burglars

PUBLISHED: 13:30 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:40 10 September 2018

Aggravated burglaries in Brent are being investigated. Picture: Met Police

Aggravated burglaries in Brent are being investigated. Picture: Met Police


Asian families in Brent have been “targeted” by armed burglars posing as meter readers who then steal their jewellery.

Distraction burglary precautions

Take a photograph of your valuables to prove it belongs to you if a burglar is stopped.

Mark your jewellery using a traceable liquid to give police the chance of returning stolen property, if recovered.

Install CCTV cameras and burglar alarms as a deterrent.

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

Keep your jewellery safe with the National Pawnbrokers Association rather than in a safe which can be removed.

Cover valuables you wear in public so you don’t draw attention to them.

Ensure a safe is secured to a wall or floor.

Nineteen aggravated burglaries which occurred across Brent, Harrow and Barnet are being investigated by Brent detectives.

The burglaries all occurred in the afternoon or evening throughout August and appear to have targeted Asian families including elderly victims, said police.

A man knocked on doors posing as a meter reader but provided no identification.

Once inside, he’d jar the door while accomplices armed with knives, and wearing gloves and balaclavas, stormed in demanding cash and jewellery.

If the occupants were out, the doors were forced open.

There have been no arrests.

DS Kelly Schonhage, from Brent CID, said: “These are terrifying burglaries for the victims; often when they are in the safety and comfort of their own homes.

“If anyone asks to check your meter, please make sure you check if they are wearing any identification. If they are not, do not let them in and call police.

“We would urge anyone with information about these burglaries to get in touch as soon as possible.”

To help police with their enquiries, call Brent CID via 101 quoting reference CAD 4966/07Sept18, or tweet @Metcc. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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