Criminals are targeting Asian households in the hope of stealing high-quality gold heirlooms. At least three family homes were broken into in Coulsdon within the space of a fortnight, with one losing a security box containing thousands of pounds-worth of jewellery which had been handed down through the family.And the crime prevention advice? It’s the usual, just given a little twist!
One victim, whose home was "turned upside down" at the beginning of April, said he had been warned to "make it less obvious" the house was occupied by an Asian family.The mind boggles, it really does…
He said: "An officer advised us that any sort of Asian artefacts should be covered or taken off the front door."Well, that would make quite a lot of sense, and be in keeping with all those interminable posters and Tweets about ‘leaving valuables on show in your car’, wouldn’t it?
But for some reason, the police are very keen to row back from this advice:
A police spokesman said: "Our advice from the burglary squad is that all residents in the Coulsdon area need to be vigilant and take crime prevention precautions, not just Asian families."
He added that he could not confirm whether victims had been advised to hide cultural artefacts "as they will have come into contact with a number of different officers".Strange. You’re usually so proud of telling people that if they have nice things, they shouldn’t show them off.
Why the discrepancy?