London: The Leicester police have stepped
up patrolling along the town`s Golden Mile where several
Indian-owned jewellery shops were burgled this month
ostensibly fuelled by the rising prices of gold.
Special security measures have been offered to shops
on Belgrave Road, also known as the Golden Mile, which is the
hub of Asian culture and business in the east Midlands town.
Officers and senior council officials visited the area
after two Indian-owned shops - Alankar and Bipin - were
burgled within a few days of each other earlier this month.
The shops are to be offered devices which can be
activated in emergencies to spray intruders with a fine mist
The near-invisible chemical liquid, which glows under
ultraviolet light, helps identify stolen goods and can link
offenders to specific crimes, reports from Leicester said.
Leicester City Council is also to consider installing
bollards on some sections of pavement to prevent ram-raid
Chief Superintendent Rob Nixon, head of police in the
city, visited the victims Alankar and Bipin jewellers with
city council leader Veejay Patel and chairman of the Belgrave
Business Association Dharmesh Lakhani.
Chief Supt Nixon said: "I wanted to meet the owners of
the businesses affected to reassure them that police in the
city are taking these incidents very seriously."
Bihesh Pala, owner of Alankar Jewellers, which was
robbed on Tuesday, June 8, said: "We are impressed with the
way that things are happening. To get local officers stationed
back in Belgrave will be amazing."
Councillor Patel said: "Leicester is very proud of the
Golden Mile and we are committed to supporting local
businesses to make them, their customers and residents feel
Dharmesh Lakhani, chairman of Belgrave Business
Association and owner of Bobby`s restaurant in Belgrave Road,
said businesses were happy with police progress on the two