Monday, January 16, 2006

Attempted Break-Ins

My mom stopped 2 attempted burglaries in 3 days apart! And it was the same house. My dad's immediate neighbour's house.

It was a Friday noon, when 2 guys on a motorcycle, forced open the outer gate. While one stood guard outside, the other guy went in to work on the grilled door. The neighbour was away outstation attending a wedding.

My mom heard some knocking and hacking from next door, and decided to check it out. The guy who stood guard outside, saw my mom, immediately signalled his friend to make a move. The guy dashed out, hopped on to the bike and sped off, covering the plate number with his hands.

Then, 3 days later, another gang striked. This time, it was a bigger team and more daring.

Came in an SUV, they forced open the outer gate, by ramming it hard. While the rest of the team stayed inside the vehicle, one guy tried to force the wooden door open. The neighbour was still away. My mom was outside when she heard the gate crashing into the side wall. Suspecting something amiss, she decided to check it out. She went back in to the house and observed from inside. She saw one guy at the door, while the rest stayed in the SUV, trying to hide their faces. When she asked the guy on the outside what they were doing, the guy coolly replied they were looking for "Ah Meng who was into renovation business".

But there are no Ah Mengs staying next door, and the neighbour is not into renovation business.

The guy then coolly walked to the vehicle, and sped away, knocking the rubbish bin in the process.

Although nothing happened, I still feared for the safety for my mom and Yiyi. Yiyi was with her when it happened. With the festive season around the corner, crooks are out to 'cari makan'. So be really careful, make sure all doors and windows are locked at all time, een when you are at home, and do invest in a good security system. But best of all, get to know and be nice to your neighbours. They are the best people to look out for you if you are not at home.

Take care :)