Concerns over increase in Asian households being targeted by burglars

THE number of burglaries targeting Thurrock's Asian households for gold has increased.

The borough's Independent Advisory Group to the police raised concerns over the issue as burglary was discussed at a public meeting being held by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex on Tuesday evening.

Thurrock has an Asian population of around 4000 but in the last year 15 homes have been targeted for gold, three per cent more than last year.

The IAG expressed concern over the increase and Cllr Yash Gupta compounded those worries on behalf of the Asian community. He said: "In terms of statistics, it might be just 15, but from those victims' point of view it is one important one for them. I think it's difficult for officers to understand that, and the impact it has on the family and the neighbourhood."

Incidents of burglary have increased in Thurrock by 18.3 per cent from July 1 2012 to June 2013.

But Det Insp. Tracy Wheeler, who runs a dedicated burglary investigation team in Grays, said "good old fashioned hard work" and officer knowledge is helping in tackling the problem.

She said: "I have an excellent team. They know local offenders so often they will be coming to me with who they suspect committed burglaries the night before.

"A lot of it comes down to good old fashioned hard work and detectives that are well trained."

With regards Asian households being targeted, Nick Alston, the PCC said he was aware of the issue and added that quite often these are gangs targeting properties with gold in them.

Det Insp. Wheeler said: "I feel slightly more at ease knowing it's still at a low level."

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1:47pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Paul_Grays says...

A 3 percent increase on Asian homes being targeted ,...so your saying that 14.5 Asian homes got burgled last year and with a 3% increase that now makes 15 homes.
And in the same story it says that across the board burglaries have increased by 18%.

This is a non-story and wasn't this the same Tracey Wheeler that said Grays Thurrock has "excellent CCTV" when pensioners were having their cards and money stolen by force at cashpoints but since then I've seen no CCTV stills or any mention of people being charged.
A 3 percent increase on Asian homes being targeted ,...so your saying that 14.5 Asian homes got burgled last year and with a 3% increase that now makes 15 homes. And in the same story it says that across the board burglaries have increased by 18%. This is a non-story and wasn't this the same Tracey Wheeler that said Grays Thurrock has "excellent CCTV" when pensioners were having their cards and money stolen by force at cashpoints but since then I've seen no CCTV stills or any mention of people being charged. Paul_Grays
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3:07pm Wed 24 Jul 13

ebagumtrebor says...

So burglaries against asians went up 6 times less than those against the rest of Thurrocks residents and yet Yash Gupta feels this is more significant and warrants greater attention from the police. Perhaps he'd like to expalin why the belongings of asians and the entering of asian homes is more important than those of the rest of us.

Perhaps he'd like some additional funding from the police or council for one of his little jobs for the boys, sorry community groups, he's so fond of promoting.

Now if a white person had said this, can you imagine the response from the race relations hounds.
So burglaries against asians went up 6 times less than those against the rest of Thurrocks residents and yet Yash Gupta feels this is more significant and warrants greater attention from the police. Perhaps he'd like to expalin why the belongings of asians and the entering of asian homes is more important than those of the rest of us. Perhaps he'd like some additional funding from the police or council for one of his little jobs for the boys, sorry community groups, he's so fond of promoting. Now if a white person had said this, can you imagine the response from the race relations hounds. ebagumtrebor
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3:55pm Wed 24 Jul 13

fletch12107 says...

So Mr Alston who gets £80k + of taxpayers money said "he was aware of the issue and added that quite often these are gangs targeting properties with gold in them". Well that was worth employing him then.
So Mr Alston who gets £80k + of taxpayers money said "he was aware of the issue and added that quite often these are gangs targeting properties with gold in them". Well that was worth employing him then. fletch12107
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6:54am Thu 25 Jul 13

Dave_ says...

I don't really feel Yash Gupta by taking the 'victim' stance does the communities and groups he seeks to support/promote, much good in the long run with this rhetoric.
I don't really ever recall him doing much with promotes real cohesion in the broader community. Making statements like this just generates as seen, a "here we go again" thinking.
I've worked with Asians and they value gold very highly and will buy it when able and this will not be lost on the criminal fraternity. Gold is very portable and I imagine easily 'lost' in the system.
I don't really feel Yash Gupta by taking the 'victim' stance does the communities and groups he seeks to support/promote, much good in the long run with this rhetoric. I don't really ever recall him doing much with promotes real cohesion in the broader community. Making statements like this just generates as seen, a "here we go again" thinking. I've worked with Asians and they value gold very highly and will buy it when able and this will not be lost on the criminal fraternity. Gold is very portable and I imagine easily 'lost' in the system. Dave_
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9:37am Fri 26 Jul 13

OckendonPaul says...

Yash Gupta cares about his own community and no one else, what's so surprising about that? Anyone who would expect otherwise is deluded.
Yash Gupta cares about his own community and no one else, what's so surprising about that? Anyone who would expect otherwise is deluded. OckendonPaul
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2:14pm Fri 26 Jul 13

DannyButcher says...

EVERYONE in the community is at risk of rising crime.

It would be interesting to know how it is definite that these houses have been targeted specifically for gold, and not just caught up in the increasing rate of burglaries in the area. Considering that the rise in Asian household burglaries is vastly less than everyone else, I am actually pretty confused by the following quote.

"In terms of statistics, it might be just 15, but from those victims' point of view it is one important one for them. I think it's difficult for officers to understand that, and the impact it has on the family and the neighbourhood."

What exactly does Yash want, because it certainly looks like he wants some sort of preferential treatment. This type of thing only goes to divide communities, not bring everyone together.
EVERYONE in the community is at risk of rising crime. It would be interesting to know how it is definite that these houses have been targeted specifically for gold, and not just caught up in the increasing rate of burglaries in the area. Considering that the rise in Asian household burglaries is vastly less than everyone else, I am actually pretty confused by the following quote. "In terms of statistics, it might be just 15, but from those victims' point of view it is one important one for them. I think it's difficult for officers to understand that, and the impact it has on the family and the neighbourhood." What exactly does Yash want, because it certainly looks like he wants some sort of preferential treatment. This type of thing only goes to divide communities, not bring everyone together. DannyButcher
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