Beware of thieves that strike in the rain

We are having a rainy season again with rain mostly in the late afternoon and evenings. This is a good time for thieves. Because the heavy rain muffles out sounds and people are more likely to be in their houses instead of outside.

A friend told me that his opposite neighbour had a break-in case during a heavy rain. The thieves came and took away his tv and other big and heavy electronic equipment while he was out during the rain and none of the neighbours were any the wiser because they didn’t hear due to the heavy rain and they were all inside their homes so no one knew.

Well, thieves struck like lighting in the rain in my area during the weekend. They came and took the iron and steel drain covers outside the houses during the rain leaving big wide gaping holes in front of our houses and lots of inconvenience to home owners. (The gaps are dangerous to young children and vehicles not to mention the inconvenience and expense of getting it fixed).  About 10 houses in my row were hit and another 16 houses in another street. They did this at around 5pm in broad daylight. Imagine how bold and brazen they are to just walk up to the fronts of houses and take something that does not belong to them.

My drain cover had been stolen before and I fixed those that had screws on so mine was not stolen. But my left and right neigbours and their neighbours and neighbours all had theirs stolen. They took those that had no screws because time is off the essence. I think they were off before you can say lightning. No one saw them. Not even the guards who were supposed to be doing their rounds because during the heavy rain, they would  most likely have been trying to find shelter instead of going ronda ronda.

Sigh. I just hate it. How the crime rate has risen in recent years. Now, I don’t feel safe anymore, not even in my home which is supposed to be a safe haven. Not everyone can afford to live in gated and guarded communities but even if you were, don’t be too happy. There are inside jobs too. One condominium manager told me that they had to have guards making rounds every hour on every floor even though the tenants disliked it but they had no choice since the thefts come from inside jobs ie from people who rent out the units for several months to do their dirty job. It is hard for them to control that because the so called “tenants” dress smartly and look just like any other tenant, not thieves.

Thefts, snatch thefts etc are so common these days that I am sure you have probably witnessed one or has had someone close to you experienced it before. Care to share? We have no choice but to be more aware and alert of our surroundings from the moment we step out of our houses.


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8 thoughts on “Beware of thieves that strike in the rain

  1. Ii think it is harder to find a person who has not experienced first hand snatch thief before! And the security people are taking the opportunity to charge us by our nose for some security in the neighbourhood. Reckon perhaps there is a sindicate going on??

    Someone commented cheaper to get the ‘tai yee loong’ indian gangster head to take care of us. Like the ol’ days!

    Come to think of it, the police has been useless ever since then even!

    So sad isn’t it and frustrating too.

  2. Hi, new to your blog. Yeah, can’t agree more that crime rate has indeed gone up. My mum was pick pocketed at the TTDI market not long ago and she lost quite a bit of money. Thank goodness the thieves dropped everything else, so only money is lost. sigh…

    Hi Krystal. Welcome to my blog. Yes, my sister had her handbag snatched too before in SS2. Like your mum, they threw the bag into a drain after that and some good samaritan returned it to her when they found her using her i/c address so fortunately only money was lost.

  3. My housemate was robbed a few years ago by 2 men on a motorbike during heavy rain. She was making sure she got into the house dry, trying to hold the umbrella and filding with her keys when they came up behind her and grabbed her handbag and left.

    My sis-in-law had her bag snatched when she was struggling at her gate with a kid in tow. Its no longer safe even right outside our homes.

  4. we all just have to be extra extra careful.
    some are break-ins, some are car hijackers….
    we all live in the era that nothing is safe anymore…:(

    I remember when I was young, I used to cycle to school alone. Now, I won’t dare let the kids cycle anywhere unless I’m there watching with my hawkeye. So sad.

  5. Sigh… unfortunately, these are the sign of times. I was paranoid of thieves stealing my water meter..I had it padlocked. I just didn’t want the inconvenience of no water supply! Imagine…can’t cook! can’t wash! can’t go toilet!

    ALAMAK! SO AUNTY LA ME!

    Hello Ah Soh. How are you today? Hehe.

  6. Oh, so be careful MG!
    I did have an experience of thieve at my own home, but only the motorcycle safety helmet of my hubby was missing when we forgot to close the front gate.

    I’ve had my shoes and clothes and even underclothes stolen before. The gates were clothes but it didn’t stop them from climbing over.

  7. My shoes were stolen previously. We were staying at a rented place when we moved to this part of the world. One of the neighbours then even commented those young thieves were waving at them (while carting away what seemed to be a bag of shoes) when neighbours spotted them.

    Just a year ago we moved into our new place. We have guard dogs, we installed alarm on all our fence parameters as well as alarm within our house, CCTVs on all corners (almost) of our house…talk about paranoia.

    The preventive measures were installed when 5 men armed with machetes broke into my neighbour’s house in the middle of the night. Everyone in the house got tied up (all 7 in the house) while these 5 men ransacked the whole house. I knew something was wrong when my dogs went wild. I switched on my TV to check on my CCTV cameras but it was dark and our garden is too big so I did not get to see anything. I felt so helpless and all I could do was to call the police and my other neighbours. Hubby was away at that time.

    Few weeks later hubby spoke to a friend who got tied up at home with the family members, similar modus operandi and was told there are at least 90 members in this syndicate (my part of the world) that carries out this activity.

    You can call me kiasu or kiasi, with all these preventive measures at least I sleep better at night 🙂

    90 members in the syndicate. Thats a lot and very scary.

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