THEFT of Asian jewellery is “rife” in Wrexham and Flintshire, a town council has been told.
In April, the Leader reported jewellery from Asia, especially from Southern Asia, had become a target for burglars in a spate of break-ins across Wrexham and Flintshire.
Now the September meeting of Offa Community Council has been told by police that burglaries at Asian homes have been “rife”.
The councillors were informed the police want to give families affected help and security advice. They have asked councillors to contact the local police officers if they hear of any families who need advice.
In April, North Wales Police told owners of high-quality Asian jewellery, especially of south Asian design, to photograph their valuables and keep them secure.
Pawnbrokers said they were more vigilant than ever about stolen jewellery.
Chris Darbyshire, of The Exchange on Lord Street, Wrexham, said: “Asian jewellery is often high carat, so is therefore it’s worth a lot more than regular gold.
“Police send us an email when something high-value has been stolen so we know never to accept it.
“Usually it depends on the person who comes in to sell too. We have to make a judgement about whether they are trustworthy or not.”
Robin Rosalski of Cash Quick in Queensferry added: “The only Asian jewellery we seem to get offered is from British couples who have bought it abroad on their holiday.
“But we have a good relationship with police, who let us know if there is something specific that we need to look out for.”
Det Insp Arwyn Jones said: “We’re investigating a number of burglaries in Wrexham and Flintshire where jewellery has been stolen from Asian family homes.
“We encourage residents from whatever community to keep a photographic record of their valuables, to keep them secure and to keep any high value jewellery in a bank.
“We also ask that if anyone has been offered jewellery, especially of south Asian design, to call North Wales Police on 101.”