A few nights ago my parents forwarded two videos of a burglary aftermath- ransacked rooms, distressed voices in the background, lives scarred by such a personal, deliberate and targeted intrusion into their lives.
I then separately received it from two friends on social media followed by a call from a resident in my ward demanding what I was going to do about it. They were all from Chinese families. One resident told me that one of the burglars caught had a pocket book of other addresses- all of Chinese addresses.
Even if it was not true, it showed the fear in the community. I asked a friend who spent hours translating a survey into Chinese for me and put it online asking British Chinese people across the country for their thoughts and experiences. If they have suffered from criminality in the past few years, they needed to stand up and let it be known so the authorities know about it and to push for something more to be done
In only a few days we have received hundreds of
replies from a community renowned for their invisibility. I intend to put the results and comments to the West Midlands Police and hopeful that something meaningful will come from this trust that people have placed in us.
If you have been affected, please spend just a few moments to fill in this survey and share it around. Thank you.