| Azlan Othman |
A NEWLY developed area consisting of terrace houses at Spg 232 in Jln Muara near a popular shopping mall has become a target for thieves over the past weeks causing alarm among tenants.
Out of the 10 houses occupied, four have been broken into, while another tenant said there was an attempted break-in at his house, as forced entry marks were visible. Some 40-50 terrace units are available in the area.
The frequent break-ins have led to fear among the residents with one young lady saying she is afraid to leave her house these days as thieves have even broken into homes in broad daylight.
A retired teacher, whose house was the first to be broken into, told the Bulletin that the thieves stole handbags containing passports, cash and jewellery. “I was attending a gathering outside at night when my wife called and said the house had been burgled.
“The thieves managed to flee through the back door and left the stolen handbags near the river but with all valuable items inside missing.” Construction cables worth thousands of dollars have been stolen, too, he claimed.
“The relevant authorities should intensify patrols in this area and scrutinise construction workers living around the place. We call for street lights to be installed, especially in the backyard so that such incidents won’t happen in the future,” the retired teacher said.
A teary eyed newlywed couple said they lost their wedding rings and other jewellery, while a steel grill at a toilet of another house was damaged. The thieves ransacked her drawers during broad daylight and also had a field day consuming drinks from the fridge.
Another victim said her gate was forced open but luckily the thieves did not manage to get in. Forced entry marks were clearly visible, she said.
The break-ins have been reported to the Berakas Police Station.
The police said there have been a number of house break-in cases around the area in the past weeks. They have started patrolling the area, while CID personnel are carrying out random monitoring.