Asians Angry at Edison Home Invasions Demand Help

EDISON, N.J. (AP) -

A home invader is targeting Indian-Americans living in Edison, N.J., and an angry standing-room crowd Wednesday night demanded more police and neighborhood surveillance cameras.

Residents say the armed robberies have occurred for a decade timed around a Hindu festival, when gold jewelry is frequently given as a gift.

Police suggested that residents store their valuables in bank safe deposit boxes when not in use.

“Something has to be done,” said Chintan Trivedi, an Edison resident since 1984. “We need to feel safe.”

Police Chief Thomas Bryan said his department has given a similar crime prevention presentation three times since 2007 and that residents haven’t taken the suggestions, including forming a neighborhood watch.

“You are our eyes and ears. We need your help,” he said, adding that a task force of police, prosecutors and the FBI are working on the case.

“I want this to be a message to anyone who wants to come to Edison Township and commit crimes against our community,” Bryan said. “I will capture you and use all my resources to bring you to justice.”