Intricately crafted jewellery sets usually elicit appreciative—and at times envious—sighs. In the US, though, they are also attracting unwanted attention. An alarming number of Indian-American households have been targeted by burglars for just one thing—gold. In recent crime sprees, the criminals often ignored expensive gadgets and went straight for the shiny treasure.
Local police departments were unable to provide specific statistics because they do not base such data on ethnicity. However, members of the Indian American community say the numbers are significant enough to give them cause for concern. Last month, in the city of Fremont in California’s Silicon Valley, burglars forced a man and his wife to kneel at gunpoint and then hand over their gold jewellery. They proceeded to ransack the house in search of more jewellery and eventually left with loot worth $25,000.