Last week, four houses in Mutiara Damansara were burgled while their owners were not at home. In most cases, we never really know how burglars broke into those houses, so we could do nothing more than warn other residents about these break-ins.
Fortunately, one of the house owners took the initiative to inform us about the circumstances surrounding the burglary of his house. Here is a summary of the key points :
- The burglary was committed by a team of at least 3 men, probably 4 men.
- They parked opposite the target house in a car to reconnoiter it.
- One burglar climbed over the fence wall to check for any occupants.
- The second burglar rang the door bell many times, to confirm that no one was at home.
- After they confirmed that there were no one in the house, the two other burglars climbed into the house compound to join the first one who was already inside.
- The three burglars broke into the house using a crowbar to break the hinge off a kitchen window.
- Once they broke into the house, they focused on stealing small, easy-to-liquidate items, like jewellery or cash. They didn’t attempt to steal any laptops or watches.
- They attempted to break into their safe but failed to open it in time.
- There was likely a 4th burglar in their getaway car outside, as the burglars inside knew when the owner arrived back home.
- They left by climbing over to the porch of neighbouring house, before climbing over their fence wall to get to their getaway car.
What Can We Do To Prevent Such Burglaries?
Based on the details revealed, here are some steps the guards and house owners can take to reduce the risks of such burglaries :
- Even in a guarded community, you should install an alarm system and a CCTV system.
- You should always turn on the alarm system when you leave your house.
- You should inform the guards and neighbours when you intend to be away from your home for an extended period of time, so they can pay more attention to your home.
- The guards should check parked cars with a torchlight during their patrols at night.
- The guards should take note of people waiting in their cars. This is not normal behaviour for visitors or residents.
- Beware if a stranger rings your doorbell. Do NOT open the door, as a burglar may already be inside your compound. Open a window (if it is grilled) and call out instead. Or call the guards to render assistance.
- Help your neighbours watch over their property as well. Report any suspicious activity you notice to the guards, so they can send a patrol to render assistance.
How Burglars Broke Into His House
Here is the house owner’s original post, for those who want to read more and get some context on this case. Again, we thank him for sharing this story with us.