News Nation reports that crime is a top concern across the country.
Asian Americans are no exception.
According to Boston25, in the affluent neighborhoods of Weston, Lincoln, Wellesley and Carlisle, South Asians are being targeted by burglars.
Many are being hit while on vacation.
“Because they know that on the Indian subcontinent, folks like jewelry, especially golden stuff,” said Rehan Khan, who lives in Sudbury where the home of one of his neighbors has been burglarized.
Police say in many incidents the thieves entered through a second-floor window because they say often homes are only alarmed on the first floor.
Police suggest keeping your vacation plans private, but also asking a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your home.
In the Montgomery township of New Jersey in the New York Metropolitan area, Asian American business owners are being targeted at their homes.
The Montgomery News reports the FBI is warning that many Asian American-owned businesses are being cased by burglars to learn their patterns. Sometimes they find unlocked car and dig through paperwork to learn the owner’s home address. Other times these owners are followed home.
They then rob that home while they are at work.
“I’m trying to find all the businesses that may be targeted,” Montgomery Township Committeeman Dennis Ahn told The Montgomery News. “And it’s not just the Asian-owned businesses in Montgomery, it’s also people who own businesses in other communities who live in Montgomery.
In Washington DC’s Chinatown, residents are telling police they are sick and tired of crime and police and city leaders are responding.
“Just this week, MPD (Metropolitan Police Department) has been focused on Chinatown for added enforcement in the area,” Councilmember Brooke Pinto said to Fox5. “People across the city are fed up. They have a right to be and it’s time that we all focus on public safety.”
Recent polls taken late last year found crime is a bigger issue with Republicans than Democrats.
95% of Republicans polled in December by Gallup say crime is increasing. Only 61% of Democrats think that. Gallup researchers say when a Republican is in the White House, that is reversed. Democrats will be the ones who say crime is increasing.
A poll released by PEW on October 31 found 61% say violent crime is important when they are making their voting decisions.
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