The FBI warned Asian-American business owners in New Jersey to be on the lookout as they face an increased risk of theft from sophisticated criminal groups.
According to Supervisory Special Agent Mike Ratta of the FBI’s Newark field office, there has been a surge in reports of Asian business owners being targeted by “sophisticated criminal enterprises” over the past three years.
Ratta pointed out that several criminal groups monitor Asian American companies to monitor their opening and closing routines.
“They can poke around in their cars to find out where they can live, and then they’ll also patrol the home,” Ratta told New Jersey 101.5. “They used to follow him to and from work and other places. Once they establish a life pattern and feel confident about when people are coming and going, they start planning a home burglary. ,
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“Often they look at the store, they also search them outside the home, and then someone will break into their house,” he said. “They monitor their targets like law enforcement, these are sophisticated criminal enterprises that they have identified how best to reduce their chances of being prosecuted.”
Ratta said it’s important that the FBI release the information to warn of potential harm to Asian Americans. He hoped the warning would encourage the community to be aware of their surroundings.
According to Ratta, Asian Americans are being targeted because they believe they don’t use traditional banks, instead choosing to stash cash in their homes.
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He warned the Asian American community not to keep money under their mattress. Instead, he suggested that parishioners keep their money in banks, install security systems, and buy license plate readers to keep track of number plates on cars near their homes.
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Ratta then asked people to report anything suspicious to their local police.
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