London: Responding to safety concerns of
Indian jewellers in Leicester, where two major jewellery shops
were burgled in June, the police have decided to set up a new
station in the Belgrave Road area - the hub of Asian culture
Inspector Steve Riley, a local police commander, said
the relocation meant officers would be more visible to people
who lived and worked in the Belgrave area.
He said: "We`ll be able to spend more time patrolling
the area and we`ll be much easier for local people to access".
The move has been welcomed by Indian busienssmen who
have borne the brunt of burglaries due to rising prices of
Alankar and Bipin jewellers were burgled in June and
goods were taken away.
Dharmesh Lakhani, chairman of Belgrave Business
Association, said: "Just having officers close by is going to
make business owners and people feel safer.
"A lot of shops sell high-value goods and having a
greater police presence will be good for the community".
City councillor Rashmikant Joshi said: "It is clear
that a visible police presence is needed and this will send a
clear message to criminals in the area that we won`t stand for
Mahul Visram, owner of Ram Jewellers, which was
targeted by thieves in April last year, said: "We can`t
believe that police are going to be based a few hundred yards
from our door.
"It`s not going to get rid of 100 per cent of crime
but it`s going to make us and our customers feel much safer.
We can`t wait," he said.
The Leicester police have also stepped up patrolling
along the road, and special security measures have been
offered to shops, such as devices which can be activated in
emergencies to spray intruders with a fine mist of SmartWater.
The near-invisible chemical liquid, which glows under
ultraviolet light, helps identify stolen goods and can link
offenders to specific crimes.
The City Council is also to consider installing
bollards on some sections of pavement to prevent ram-raid
attacks, reports from Leicester said.
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".