Sacramento police have arrested 20 people in connection to a trend of robberies targeting the region's Asian American community.
The suspects do not appear to be connected to each other, according to police, but they have committed their crimes using the same tactics.
Since the increase in armed robberies, the police department has held seven community outreach meetings to provide crime prevention tips and updates on their effort to stop the trend. Over the past month, police said there has been a 43 percent drop in these robberies.
This drop has allowed investigators to link suspects currently in custody to unsolved robbery cases. Police said they have also increased their patrols and targeted enforcement in key locations and will continue to do so.
Police have not yet released booking photos for these suspects.
"We will continue to work in partnership with our law enforcement partners, neighborhood advocates, associations and leaders to encourage citizens to come forward if they have become a victim," the department noted in press release.
Sacramento police have provided these prevention tips:
- Be aware of your surroundings as your enter your neighborhood. If you feel like someone is following you, don’t go home. Drive to a well lit and populated area and call 911.
- Keep the exterior of your home well lit.
- Know your neighbors and look out for each other. If you see someone suspicious in your neighborhood, or in a vehicle, call 911 and report the license plate.
- Ensure your street lights are working. Report any outages to the City by dialing “311”.
- Don’t flash large sums of cash when making purchases, it makes you a target.
- Don’t carry or store large sums of cash in your home.
- If you have security cameras at home, ensure they are operational. This is a great tool for investigators and will help solve many of the crimes.