Two raids on Bramcote homes by burglars looking for Asian gold

14th October 2016 staplefordcommunitygroup Nottingham Evening Post Tags: , , 0 Comments

Police are appealing for information after two burglaries where the suspects were believed to be targeting Asian gold.

Both incidents happened in the Bramcote area, while the occupants were at home.

Asian gold is a general term which refers to jewellery bought and held by south Asian families, which is often passed down through the generations.

In the first burglary, three men smashed glass to enter a home in Thoresby Road, between 10.30am and 11am on Wednesday, October 5.

An 82-year-old woman was alone at the time of the incident. However, the men fled empty-handed when two other family members returned to the property.

One of the offenders was described as white, aged around 35, of fair complexion, 6ft tall, of slim build. All three men were wearing face coverings.

In another incident, two men stole jewellery, watches and electrical items after breaking into a house through the back door in Derby Road at about 8pm on Saturday, October 8.

Two female occupants were at home, and the suspects asked where one of the bedrooms was, before searching upstairs and then leaving with the items.

Both men were white and spoke with local accents and had black bandanas covering their faces. One was 6ft tall, of slim to medium build, with blue eyes and was wearing a black beanie hat, black hooded top and black tracksuit bottoms.

The other was 5ft 9ins tall, of slim to medium build, and was wearing a black hooded top, a shiny black coat and black tracksuit bottoms.

A spokeperson for Notts Police said: “Investigations are ongoing and we would urge anyone with information to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101.

“While incidents like this a relatively rare we would advise people to be vigilant and take steps to avoid becoming a victim of jewellery theft.”

Advice on protecting your jewellery includes:

  • Whether you are out or at home, always lock the doors and windows of your house.
  • When you are not wearing your jewellery keep it somewhere safe and out of sight.
  • Invest in a lockable concealed safe, for your home and use it. Or hire a security box. HSBC bank offers a service to account holders. Other banks and security companies may also do this.
  • Invest in a burglar alarm and remember to turn it on.
  • Insure your jewellery. If it is already insured, is your policy up-to-date?
  • Photograph your pieces and upload them to the Immobilise website – www.immobilise.com – so if they are lost or stolen, you stand a better chance of getting them back.
  • Security mark your pieces with methods such as Smartwater or SelectaDNA.
  • Be discreet with your jewellery in crowded, public places. Don’t make yourself a target for an opportunist thief.

To speak to Nottinghamshire Police’s Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime email crime.prevention@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

By Dan Witfield, Nottingham Post 

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