Hilltop luxury properties appear to have become prime targets for thieves in Hong Kong, going by the spate of robberies or attempted burglaries in such locations in recent months.
Less than three months after some men broke into the home of HSBC Asia Pacific chief executive Peter Wong on Middle Gap Road and stole HK$2.4 million worth of valuables, another incident has taken place in a home that is barely 50 meters away in the same area.
On Saturday, a two-story luxury house in the upscale Peak area was broken into by suspected thieves, Headline Daily reported.
The house, built along the hillside at 24 Middle Gap Road and owned by Chuang’s Consortium, had been rented by a European businessman.
The businessman and his family were traveling overseas on their Christmas holiday when their house was broken into.
They had left the house in the care of a Filipina domestic helper and two security guards.
Around 8 pm on Saturday, a security guard saw two men break into the compound. The guard shouted at the intruders and ran after them, prompting the thieves to flee.
But at around 11 pm the same night, the security guard, with the help of CCTV cameras, spotted three suspicious-looking men emerge at the house again.
He then called the police for help.
When the police arrived and attempted to arrest the thieves, they jumped off the hillside and ran away.
The burglary attempt was apparently foiled as no valuables were reported missing from the house.
As the house was near Wong’s residence and the thieves seemed familiar with the surroundings, the police haven’t ruled out the possibility that the latest case involves the same gang of thieves.
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