| James Kon |
AWANG Noordin may hold a record that nobody should have ever wanted, which is to have his late mother’s house – currently under his care – broken into for the seventh time in the last three months while the culprit(s) are still at large.
From September 15 to December 3, seven break-ins have happened at Awang Noordin’s house that sits along the main road of Jalan Tutong.
Prior to the series of break-ins this year, the house also suffered three break-ins during which materials worth around $5,000 kept in stock by one of the tenants were stolen.
He also recalled that earlier this year, one of the tenants – an Indian family – found an intruder in their room at night. Fortunately, the family was not hurt while the intruder escaped.
Awang Noordin, who was a senior police officer in the 1960s said, “Police reports were lodged separately each time the break-in occurred and all recent incidents happened in broad day light and in open view.”
Since the series of break-ins, tenants have already vacated the rented house, as they were concerned about the safety of properties. Currently, there is only one foreign worker staying in a rented room outside, and he too is considering moving out. Awang Noordin has suffered a loss of a potential $2,000 in rental income because of that.
During the sixth break-in on November 30, a very expensive satellite GPS-assisted land surveyor’s equipment worth around $17,000 was stolen, and this prompted Awang Noordin to write a letter to the Officer in Command Police District to express his dissatisfaction towards the police’s inability in protecting an individual’s property against criminal acts.
Meanwhile, in the latest break-in, the burglar(s) did not steal anything as the house was basically empty without any tenants.
Awang Noordin urged the relevant authorities to set up preventive measures such as increasing the police patrol box in nearby areas.