Newham Imam says ‘be vigilant’ after gold stolen in break-in

Imam Khalil calls for people to be vigilant

Imam Khalil calls for people to be vigilant - Credit: Archant

A Newham Imam to call on residents to be vigilant against crime after a burglary at his family home.

Imam Khalil Ibn Elyas Laher, of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque in Upton Lane, says thieves took of gold and jewellery after the break-in last Tuesday night in East Ham.

“I was working,” he said. “My mother got back. She was having a panic attack.

“It was the feeling that your house has been violated.”

Newham police believe the burglary took place between 4.30pm and 7pm on November 25.

A police spokesman said: “The front door had been damaged by the suspect to gain entry.

“Officers from the Safer Neighbourhoods Team attended the address to provide reassurance and crime prevention advice.”

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He added that no arrests have been made.

Imam Khalil said there is little he can do now, as his house did not have CCTV or alarms, and that the police have closed his case.

“I think my house was being watched,” he said.

“Someone smashed the front door open with a hammer or a screwdriver.

“They took clothes, gold, cash, photos.

“They completely ransacked upstairs.”

He added: “If I had CCTV or alarms it wouldn’t have happened.”

Imam Khalil said he has insurance for his home, and has fixed the door, but that he won’t be able to replace the gold.

“What I want people to be aware of, many who don’t have CCTV or alarms in their house, is they should get it now,” he said.

“Be very, very careful, whoever opens the door.

“Look through the window before opening the door.

“I don’t want anyone else to go through the problems that I’m going through.”

A spokesman for Newham police said: “Burglary is an opportunist crime, often resulting from insecure premises.

“A building that presents itself as unoccupied and insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured.”

He said people should lock their doors, leave a light on, and keep valuables out of site.

For more Tweet @Metpoliceuk and to follow Imam Khalil visit @khalillaher

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