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Indian Business Association to Sponsor Community Forum, Prosecutor and Police Panel to Discuss Home Safety

An Edison resident asks a question at the Crime Prevention Forum Credits: Marc Krauss

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Indian Business Association (IBA) is inviting members of the community to participate in a live audience discussion with the panelists to discuss ways to ensure homeowners’ safety.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey, Middlesex County Freeholder H. James Polos, and representatives from a number of law enforcement agencies will be participating in a community form to discuss residents’ concerns over a series of home invasions in Old Bridge, South Plainfield, and Edison.

The forum, which is being sponsored by the IBA, will be held on November 12, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the TV Asia Studio on 76 National Road in Edison.

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Freeholder Polos, who is chairperson of the freeholders’ Public Safety and Health Committee, and representatives from the Old Bridge, South Plainfield, and Edison police departments, are expected to attend. Authorities from the FBI and the New Jersey State Police also have been invited.

In order to protect the integrity of an intensive and continuing investigation, law enforcement representatives will not be permitted to discuss specific details of the home invasions.

Audience members will be asked to submit questions in writing. The questions will be addressed by the panelists.

Those seeking to attend the televised panel discussion may contact Satish Poondi, legal advisor to the Indian Business Association, at (732) 762-6394.

The IBA set up the panel to advise residents about the home invasions after it was announced that Indian-Asian families were being targeted by two or more masked men who broke into occupied homes at gunpoint and took cash, jewelry, and electronic equipment from homes in Old Bridge, South Plainfield, and Edison.

Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc. is offering cash rewards to anyone who wants to provide information anonymously.

The Crime Stoppers phone number is: 1-800-939-9600. Additionally, anyone with information may access the Crime Stoppers website at Text messages with information may also be sent to 274637 (CRIMES) with the keyword ‘’midtip’’ followed by a message.

Those who call will be given instructions on how to collect cash rewards by using a numerical code that will be recognized by a local bank, which will pay the rewards following approval by Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc.

Anyone with information is urged to call their local police, or Agent John Selesky of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3439, or Detective John Marotta of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745- 3331.

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