The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has released a public service announcement addressing a string of burglaries that appear to be targeting victims of Indian and Asian descent in the south Forsyth, north Fulton, Gwinnett, and Cherokee county areas.
According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office there have been eight of these burglaries targeting Indian and Asian families in south Forsyth since June.
“We wanted to keep our community informed on criminal trends, and as we had identified a particular targeted group, we reached out to our contacts in the Indian and Asian community to make them aware and have them be proactive in avoiding becoming victim,” Rainwater said.
According to the announcement, the string of burglaries is being committed by a “fairly sophisticated crew” that may be identifying their victims through social media and may be using tracking devices to learn certain victim’s patterns.
The announcement said the burglars are entering homes “through rear glass doors and may be literally crawling through homes to avoid motion detectors” looking for cash and expensive gold jewelry in the master bedroom and in “low hiding places like closet floors and bottom drawers.”
The announcement said that anyone in the targeted area should use caution while posting on social media, and “avoid providing information that suggests affluence or when you’ll be away from home.”
It also suggests residents can reduce their risk by installing outdoor lighting, alarms and cameras. It stated that neighbors should watch each other’s houses while away, looking for any suspicious vehicles that have out-of-state or out-of-county plates.
For valuables that have to be stored in the home, it stated that families should invest in a safe that bolts to a wall or floor or plan on keeping valuables out of the master bedroom and bathroom.
It cautioned that anyone in the affected area should be “particularly alert for vehicles that appear to be following you.”
Rainwater said there is no indication that this crew is at all violent, and in every instance they go to great lengths to make sure that no homeowners are home before breaking in.
He added that so far there are no suspects but that the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office will join with local, state and federal officials in the investigation.