Don`t keep gold at home, UK Indians told

The British police issued specific crime prevention advice asking members of the community not to keep gold items at home.

Updated: Jan 18, 2012, 22:16 PM IST

London: Amidst a spate of robberies for gold
items in homes belonging to people from the Indian
subcontinent, the British police today issued specific crime
prevention advice asking members of the community not to keep
gold items at home.

Such robberies have been reported from various parts of
Britain, particularly from places with high concentration of
the Asian community that traditionally saves and stores gold
in their houses.
These include parts of London, Reading, Leicester and
Birmingham.

Steve Smith, of the Thames Valley Police force, said:
"Ideally, we would prefer for people not to keep high value
gold at home given what we are experiencing, not only in areas
of our force but nationally, due to the value of Asian gold
and its purity".

He added: "However, we understand that it may not always
be possible to deposit it in banks or that some families may
not wish to leave their valuables in someone else`s
possession.
"In such circumstances therefore, we are strongly
advising people to invest in a safe, which must comply with
certain standards and be approved by your home-insurer.
Without this, you may lose out on thousands of pounds if you
are burgled".

The police issued detailed guidelines to the community to
prevent crime, including details of safes, insurance, keeping
an inventory of jewellery owned, to keep photographs of the
items, and to use forensic marking to identify jewellery.

Burglary for gold was considered a "significant" line of
inquiry in the investigation into the double murders of Avtar
Singh Kolar and Carole Kolar in Birmingham, but it has now
been ruled out by detectives.

PTI