HK$270,000 in cash and valuables such as a Cartier watch lost in burglary in Hong Kong’s New Territories flat, police say

Hong Kong police are investigating a burglary at a flat in the New Territories, where HK$270,000 (US$34,516) in cash and valuables including a Cartier watch were stolen.

Officers were checking security camera footage on Monday of the break-in at a ground floor home at Ha Che Tsuen house on Fan Kam Road in the Pat Heung area of Yuen Long, after responding to a call at about 3am that same day from a 26-year-old male tenant.

“The man returned to the flat and found the door of his parents’ bedroom wide open, with signs of ransacking,” a source familiar with the case said.

The insider said an initial investigation suggested a burglar broke into the flat through the bathroom window, adding that the window’s mesh screen had been forced open.

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A Cartier watch valued at about HK$100,000, two handbags and a wallet worth HK$80,000 in total, were stolen along with HK$90,000 in cash from the bedroom, the source added.

The break-in occurred after the tenant left the flat about 5pm on Sunday.

The male tenant lives with his parents who are out of town on holiday.

Detectives from the Yuen Long divisional investigation unit are handling the case. As of Monday morning, no arrest was made.

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Last year, police handled 1,354 reports of burglary across the city, a 52.8 per cent rise from 886 cases logged in 2022.

The city recorded 90,276 cases of crime in 2023, a 28.9 per cent jump compared with the previous year, while the overall detection rate, or the proportion of crimes solved, was 31.1 per cent.

Authorities plan to install 615 cameras in Hong Kong’s public areas by March and 2,000 in total by the end of the year as part of efforts to ensure public safety, with a focus on densely populated zones and high-crime areas.


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