Asian residents in Brent warned to be extra vigilant against burglars during Navratri and Diwali

Thieves target homes due to more gold and jewellery being present in Hindu, Sikh and other households

Police are urging Asian residents in Brent to be extra vigilant against burglars during the forthcoming religious festivals.

As part of the Met’s Autumn nights campaign, officers are advising residents to take a few simple measures to protect their homes and themselves.

With families coming together to celebrate Navratri and Diwali there is an increase in burglaries largely due to more gold and jewellery being present in Hindu, Sikh and other households.

In recent years thefts from homes have increased between October and January leaving many families’ celebrations ruined with treasured items being taken away forever.


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Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Letchford said: “Unfortunately we do see more burglaries at this time of year. These important festivals are a time of celebration for tens of thousands of people in our communities - don’t let a burglar spoil the enjoyment.

“Whilst suspects are being arrested and put before the courts for breaking into people’s homes, we do urge people to take some simple, but effective measures to reduce the chances of them becoming a victim.”

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