The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has urged the Asian Community to celebrate the forthcoming religious festivals safely as part of their Autumn Nights Campaign.
“Don’t let burglars ruin your celebrations” – that’s the message from the MPS who are advising home owners and residents to be extra vigilant against burglars during the celebrations.
Over the next few weeks popular festivals such as Navratri and Diwali will be marked across London with many thousands of families joining together to celebrate.
Unfortunately, at this time of year, the MPS said they see an increase in burglaries largely due to more gold and jewellery being present in Hindu, Sikh and other households.
In recent years thefts from homes have increased between October and January leaving many families’ celebrations ruined with treasured items being taken away forever.
To help reduce the amount of burglaries of this kind the MPS is urging residents to take a few simple measures to protect their homes and themselves. Throughout the year and in particular during religious festivals, they are asking people to keep vigilant and make sure their homes and possessions are secure.
Crime prevention advice from the MPS
• Do not leave valuables on display so they can be seen from the outside
• Store high-value goods in a safe when you are not at home
• Remember to lock all your doors and windows when you leave your home unattended
• Consider using time switches for lights if you are away from home
• Photograph any items of jewellery separately before the festivals begin
• Where possible, and if you are wearing or holding valuable items, always travel to and from the festival in a group using well-lit streets. Try to avoid walking alone.
• If you drive, keep your car locked and remember where it is parked.
In addition to offering crime prevention advice the Metropolitan Police Service has been working to identify and pursue suspects believed to have been involved in stealing from peoples’ homes.
Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Letchford said: “Unfortunately we do see more burglaries at this time of year. These important festivals are a time of celebration for tens of thousands of people in our communities – don’t let a burglar spoil the enjoyment.
"Whilst suspects are being arrested and put before the courts for breaking into people’s homes, we do urge people to take some simple, but effective measures to reduce the chances of them becoming a victim.”
To use the MPS’ new interactive graphic or to get more crime prevention tips and advice on how to secure your home, Londoners are encouraged to go to visit the following links:
You can also contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team. In an emergency, always dial 999.