Residents of Fairview Park in Yuen Long, considered the largest low-rise private residential estate in Hong Kong, have expressed alarm over the rising incidence of burglaries in the neighborhood and demanded better protection from the police and management company.
The estate, comprising more than 5,000 flats, has seen at least six burglaries since the end of September, or about one every other day, Apple Daily reports.
Five of the break-ins happened just this month, including the latest two, which were reported to the police early on Monday.
A resident told police a short-haired, middle-aged man wearing a white shirt and blue jeans tried to enter his flat shortly after midnight, but fled after seeing him.
Another resident was not as lucky, saying she lost watches and other jewelry worth about HK$1.6 million about three hours after the first incident.
The victim, who has been living in the estate for four years, said the burglar broke into the second floor of her house while she was on the phone on the first floor.
A source said the burglars could have fled to a nearby shopping mall to avoid pursuing police officers, while some residents said the suspects apparently came to the estate by bus.
The Yuen Long Police District, whose crime unit is in charge of the cases, has not arrested any suspect so far, but has stepped up patrols in the neighborhood.
It has also coordinated with the management company to tighten security measures in the estate.
To Ka-lun, a member of Yuen Long District Council who lives in the estate, said crime prevention requires the joint efforts of the police, security guards and residents, news website hk01.com reported.
A residents’ meeting will be called this Friday to discuss how to tackle the spate of burglaries, he said.
An on-site investigation by reporters from hk01.com found security guards at the entrance of the estate did not bother to check visitors’ identity while most of the guard kiosks inside were empty.
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