Jun 19 2011

Increase in gold necklace thefts in Harrow

In recent weeks, Harrow Police have seen a rise in theft of gold necklaces from women in the Edgware, Kenton and Stanmore areas of the borough. Police are seeking help from members of the public who may be able to provide any information which can assist them in their investigations.

Since the beginning of May, there have been six reports of thefts of jewellery, mainly gold chains, especially from middle-aged, Asian women. It has been reported that the suspects approach the victims whilst they are out walking in the street and grab the gold necklaces from their necks before running off.

Safer Neighbourhoods Teams and non-uniformed officers have increased their patrols in the areas affected, to tackle the problem, and are advising women of simple crime prevention measures they can put in place to prevent them becoming a victim.

Detective Inspector Richard Metcalfe of Harrow Police said:

“There is no suggestion of a linked series here, as in each case the suspect descriptions differ, but with the rising price of gold, this type of crime is becoming more frequent. These crimes have taken place in close proximately to each other and have happened mostly in the afternoons and early evenings.

“We are working hard to catch those responsible and ask members of the public to contact us on 0208 733 5408 if they see anyone acting in a suspicious manner as this could provide us with vital intelligence.

“My advise would also be to keep valuables hidden and if you are wearing jewellery, cover it up, perhaps with a scarf.”


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