Advice for Havering’s Asian communities to celebrate festivals safely

Police are warning Havering’s Asian communities to celebrate upcoming festivals safely.

“Don’t let burglars ruin your celebrations” is the message from the Met, who are advising home owners and residents to be extra vigilant against burglars during the forthcoming religious festivals as part of its Autumn Nights campaign.

Over the next few weeks popular celebrations such as Navratri and Diwali will be marked across Havering with many families taking part.

A police spokesman said: “Unfortunately, at this time of year, we 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 police are urging residents to take a few simple measures to protect their homes and themselves.”

He added: “Throughout the year and in particular during religious festivals we are asking people to keep vigilant and make sure your homes and possessions are secure.”

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They also advise the following:

o Do not leave valuables on display so they can be seen from the outside.

o Store high-value goods in a safe when you are not at home.

o Remember to lock all your doors and windows when you leave your home unattended.

o Consider using time switches for lights if you are away from home.

o Photograph any items of jewellery separately before the festivals begin.

o 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.