Published on: Thursday, September 19, 2013
According to its house owner, Bawani Klokol, 33, she and her husband decided to go out for lunch at about 2.30pm while their children were out having a swim as a holiday treat with visiting relatives in a hotel here.
"We returned at about 5.20pm to find specific locations of our house ransacked while other parts of the house were left untouched," she said Wednesday.
She recalled that there were no signs of a break-in as they entered the premises but believe the culprits might have gained access through a window in the back portion of the house due to the tampered window grill and missing glass frames.
She said this was not the first break-in incident in the area, when the only grocery shop in Wisma Malakun was also robbed at sunset during the recent fasting month.
"This is alarming because thieves and robbers are becoming fearless that even daylight does not affect their agenda. Several burglaries and break-ins in the area lead to the question of who is next, when and what are the culprits' next strategy.
"We work hard, pay taxes and abide by the law while these parasites target us, observe us, fix a strategy and finally attack us.
"Thus, we need to work together and strategise against them, let us get together and share be it in a dialogue and spare time to keep safe because when you think this will never happen to you, you might be their next target," she said.
On that note, she thanked the Penampang Police Department for their prompt response by arriving within five minutes after being alerted of the break-in.
"We are truly grateful for their efficiency and encourage civilians to have contact numbers of their district police station and other emergency numbers at their disposal at all times," she said.