ON NOVEMBER 30, the house which belongs to my late parents was broken into by a thief or thieves for the sixth time in less than three months!
Is this possible or am I dreaming? No, I am not dreaming at all. This is the reality of our daily lives and we have to cope with increasing petty crimes.
Are we no longer capable of stopping this scourge? Where are the men in blue, the Royal Brunei Police Force? Can’t they put a stop to this?
Why am I calling these repetitive break- ins? What else could they be when we are no longer safe, no longer able to sleep in peace with the knowledge that our police have to do their utmost to protect our property and lives. Where are they when we need them?
All our tenants, foreign workers, have been driven away by the frequent break-ins leaving the house no longer safe for habitation. Anyway who would want to continue living in a house prone to frequent break-ins?
Even the introduction of the Syariah Penal Code Order 2013 does not seem to be a deterrence. On the other hand thieves, burglars and house breakers seem to be having a field day!
So far, in the six separate break-ins, a laptop computer, a new flat screen TV, DVD player, two or three cell phones, digital camera, cooking gas tank, and even a set of documents pertaining to a tenant’s property ownership in the Philippines have been stolen.
In the recent break-in, a very expensive GPS land surveying system was carted away. The goods have not been stolen in one go but in a piece meal fashion. That indicates the work of the same person/persons.
After the third break-in, I decided to write a letter to the Brunei OCPD on October 1, 2014 in which I had said:
“We respectfully request your good office to have a beat box placed at that address, or in that vicinity and instruct your police mobile patrol cars to make frequent visits to make observations at odd hours of the day and night to prevent further incidents.
“I feel that frequent visits by police patrols, at odd hours, would help to lower criminal activities in these areas. We are dependent on the Royal Brunei Police Force to keep us all safe and sound.
“We look forward to your prompt action in this matter.”
Regretfully, I have not had the courtesy of even a simple acknowledgement.
– 6X Unlucky