Residents should watch for strangers, who may be scouting burglars, in their villages, Divisional Commander Daniel Tsang Ha-wei warns. One syndicate of thieves hiding in the bush may be behind a spate of burglaries, the Chief Inspector said. Suspicious persons have been reported in the area of Nam A.
Six cases of burglary occurred in Sai Kung in May and June, while Fei Ngo Shan and Clearwater Bay Road (covered by Tseung Kwan O Division) were also hit. Daniel said the police have launched “Operation Microller”. Officers from Sai Kung and Tseung Kwan O joined by the Police Tactical Unit are sweeping hiking trails, outskirts of villages and the town centre. Snap checks at road blocks have been increased. Extra manpower — and canine talent — is also coming from the Emergency Unit, Rural Patrol Teams, Task Force Sub Unit, Police Dog Unit, Regional Crime Prevention Officer and Kowloon East Regional Crime Unit plus Flying Service helicopters.
Despite all this, Daniel said burglaries are down by 33%. In January to June 2017 a total of 21 burglaries were reported in Sai Kung. In the same period this year, 14. Nevertheless, people should tighten security. Thieves are usually opportunistic. If your house looks well defended, the bad guys will move on to an easier target.
If you spot anyone who looks suspicious call 999. Daniel said residents who would like to receive the weekly crime alert by email or WhatsApp should email firstname.lastname@example.org providing name, address and phone number.