Burglars raided two apartments under renovation in Sau Mau Ping and North Point, taking advantage of the scaffolding left outside the units.
In the first incident, a 37-year-old man surnamed Lau returned to his flat on the 10th floor of Shun Chi Court in Sau Mau Ping at around 10 p.m. on Monday, when he saw a burglar ransacking the place, Sing Tao Daily reports.
When Lau shouted at him, the burglar fled by climbing down the scaffolding that had been erected outside the building.
The building has been under renovation since two years ago, the newspaper said.
Lau chased him also by climbing down the bamboo structure, but failed to catch him.
He then called the police, saying the burglar took away HK$8,000 in cash from his flat.
Fu Pik-chun, a member of Kwun Tong District Council, said she plans to talk with the police about enhancing security measures for residential estates in the district.
Also on Monday night, a 58-year-old man surnamed So reported to the police that he had lost HK$170,000 worth of valuables to a burglar, Ming Pao Daily reported.
So said when he returned home after 10 p.m., he noticed that a window of his apartment at Provident Centre in North Point had been pried open.
As the building was also under renovation, police believe the burglar had entered the flat by climbing up the scaffolding outside.
A security expert urged homeowners to be conscious of security even when at home.
He suggested that if their flat or building is under renovation, they should keep the windows and curtains closed.
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