The Metropolitan Police Service is appealing for owners to reclaim Asian jewellery and ornaments seized in raids.
The police are appealing for anyone who has had their jewellery stolen to look at their website. They have uploaded images of 43 pieces recovered from two raids in London. Victims of theft can see if they recognise their stolen jewellery by visiting this website http://www.itv.com/news/london/story/2013-01-11/asian-jewellery-owners-sought/.
If you recognise any of the jewellery the police are asking that people email MaximAppeal@met.police.uk and provide the reference number that accompanies the photo and their name, address, telephone number.
Sadiq has long supported local residents who have been victim to this targeting of Asian homes and raised the problem with the Wandsworth Borough Commander David Chinchen on several occasions.
According to the police, Asian gold is generally of a higher purity than other gold, but is more attractive at the moment as its value has recently increased.
The burglaries took place in the Furzedown, Graveney and Tooting areas of Wandsworth, where there are a significant number of Asian families living and working.
Sadiq Khan MP, said:
“I am pleased that the police are making efforts to return recovered jewellery to their owners following a spate of robberies targeting jewellery in Asian homes last year.
“Although this recent recovery of stolen jewellery does not resolve the problem of increasing numbers of burglaries, victims of crime will take some relief in retrieving their stolen jewellery.
“I recently met with the Borough Commander to raise this issue and the police have agreed to look into the need for more CCTV units in the area and changing police patrols. I will keep residents updated on any developments.
“I will continue to work closely the police to tackle this problem in the long term but I would also like to remind local residents to take care and keep their homes safe and secure.”