The 'Travelers' are back, gypsy and traveler activity: Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight is issuing a warning about traveling thieves that come to Florida in winter months solely to take advantage of unsuspecting citizens. The South Florida Gypsy Crimes Task Force has made a dent in Gypsy crime and gained national attention. The task force is multi-jurisdictional and composed of federal, state, county and city law enforcement officers and prosecutors. Gypsies are photographed, their business establishments visited, licenses verified, fire codes and other ordinances enforced, etc. It is difficult to pull a successful scam when you are well-known to the cops. "Gypsy" is short for "Egipcien" or Egyptian; originally thought to have come from Egypt. A Gypsy is a member of a nomadic people who migrated to Europe from India in the 15th century. No one knows how many Gypsies are in the United States, but it is estimated there are some 10 million worldwide. There are Gypsies in virtually every major city in the United States. Large populations of Gypsies live in New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Denver, Washington and Las Vegas.
There are also significant populations in Florida (particularly Orlando and Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties) and Texas. True Gypsies are known as "Rom," however, there are Yugoslavian, Romanian, Russian, Polish and Hungarian Gypsies and each group has its criminal specialty. There is also a group collectively known as "Travelers." Travelers are Irish, English or Scottish and different from the true Rom, but are often mislabeled Gypsies. True Gypsies speak a language called Romany derived from various Indo-European languages. There is no written Romany. (In an episode entitled "Gransha," Law and Order Criminal Intent Detectives Goren and Eames investigate a band of Irish Travelers.) Names mean nothing to Gypsies, which is confusing to law enforcement officers. The Rom (and Travelers) tend to name children after family members as a means of honoring both the living and the dead. For example, Danny and John Anderson are the sons of William Anderson. Danny marries and has three sons named Danny, John and William, but without the suffix “junior,” “senior,” “I,” “II,” etc. Confusing? You bet. Gypsies are experts at false identification. Along with the confusing names, January 1st is often commonly used as the date of birth for every member of the family.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota to Panama City Fl, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com