Four houses in Tuen Mun were burgled around midnight on Friday, with one homeowner reporting a loss of eight luxury watches valued at HK$1.5 million (US$193,000).
Police received a report at 12.22am on Saturday from a 45-year-old man, who said his home at Avignon on Kwun Chui Road, Castle Peak, was burgled, and HK$400 stolen. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found that four houses in the area were burgled, with windows or doors prised open.
The owner of another burgled house in the area, a 38-year-old man, told police that eight of his luxury watches were missing. It is not yet clear if any items are missing from the other two houses.
Last Monday, police expressed concern over the worsening crime situation in the past six months, as anti-government protests and violent clashes stretched their resources.
They said the number of burglaries had surged 44 per cent to 2,056 in the first 11 months this year over the same period in 2018, while robberies rose 28 per cent to 170.
That day, a jewellery shop was burgled and a businessman robbed in the same district within 90 minutes, with about HK$1.2 million worth of valuables stolen.
On Wednesday, police arrested five men for an armed robbery two weeks ago during which 48 luxury watches worth HK$2.8 million were stolen. The men, aged 19 to 33 and all local residents, were allegedly involved in a syndicate linked to the robbery. Police warned more arrests could follow.
Since August, police have stopped patrolling city streets by foot because of the protests and the perceived risk of being attacked. The annual winter crime-fighting campaign, which happens during Christmas and the New Year, was also cancelled as police resources have been tied up with protests.