There has been growing reports of crimes stemming from gold chain necklace snatching incidents within the Hmong-American community. Each year there are many reported incidents of Hmong men and women in America who fall victim to this kind of crime, especially the senior citizens who are seen as more vulnerable preys for these criminals. The influxes of this kind of crime are sprouting all over the nation due to this economic downfall, yielding for higher unemployment rates, in turn triggering a higher crime rate as well.
In the Hmong community, Hmong people seem to have this deep love and adoration for collecting 24k Thai Baht gold chain necklaces. I’ve seen newborn infants with the gold necklaces as well as elementary kids wearing these types of necklaces and wondered to myself that this is a necklace snatching waiting to happen. It seems like every member of a Hmong household owns a 24k Thai Baht gold chain necklace, which is the reason that you see so many Hmongs becoming victims of a necklace snatching.
These random and isolated incidents, for the monetary gain for the snatcher, become a hindrance to the victims physically at the time of the incident, but may compound in the future emotionally. The lost of a gold chain is minor to the victim, what can come later is the emotional drawbacks in terms of fear of such an incident ever happening again that can lead to anxiety attacks and other health complications in the future.
For this reason, the Hmong people have to seriously take precautionary measures when out and about in their neighborhood, especially the elderly. I’ve seen elderly Hmong men and women who are susceptible to this kind of crime, walking alone in a crime infested neighborhood ignorant of knowing what’s lurking behind the next alleyway. Hmong-Americans have this tendency to greet strangers without realizing the potential danger in any situation that they encounter. Sometimes, our naïve elderly Hmong men and women are too polite and would quickly lend a helping hand for a stranger. Often more than usual, a stranger who’ll later take advantage of the situation in seeing this helpless adult with a 24k Thai Baht gold chain around his/her neck leading for this criminal to seize the opportunity to snatch the chain away.
Don’t let this happen to your brothers, sisters, father, mother, aunts, uncles, grandfathers or grandmothers. It’s about awareness of understanding about this kind of crime and that there are bad people out there who will prey on helpless people no matter the cost. Next time when any of your love ones are going to go out for a walk around the neighborhood, please do give them the advice of covering up their jewelry or storing it away at home before going out. Another solution to this dilemma would be to simply join him/her on the walk around the neighborhood. Remember the old saying, “Two heads are better than one.” This old saying hold true in this case also, as criminals rarely victimize people who travels in pairs or in a group.
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