SmartWater to thwart Golden Mile robbers

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Local jewellers work with police & council to heighten security.

After a spate of jewellery robberies in Leicestershire’s ‘Golden Mile,’ the police and council will be working with local jewellers to increase security at stores.

Representatives from the police, council, jewellery shops and Belgrave Business Association met on June 18, after two raids within one week targeted jewellery stores in the area.

A number of measures agreed upon included enhanced security for the stores, an increased policing presence in the vicinity, crime prevention advice leaflets for gold purchasing customers and the possible installation of bollards to prevent vehicles from mounting the pavement.

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The Safer Leicester Partnership has also agreed to increase the use of SmartWater in jewellery shops on Belgrave Road. This includes the installation of spray systems in some businesses which, when activated, spray the intruders with a fine mist of SmartWater to forensically link them to the crime.

The Leicester Constabulary city area commander Chief Superintendent Rob Nixon said: “I wanted to personally meet with the owners of the businesses affected to reassure them that police in the city are taking these incidents very seriously and are doing all we can to trace those responsible.

“A 22-year-old man has already been charged with the robbery at Alankar Jewellers and we are actively progressing leads in relation to the burglary at Bipin Jewellers.”

Alankar Jewellers owner Bihesh Pala added: “We are quite impressed with the way that things are happening and moving forward. To get local officers stationed back in Belgrave will be amazing.”
 

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