Expats in Bahrain warned over increase in burglaries

Published:  26 Sep at 6 PM
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Expatriates living in Bahrain’s capital have been warned to take care of their valuables and cash after a spate of burglaries over the summer.

According to an official, the burglars have been targeting expat homes and taking gold jewellery as well as cash whilst the owners are out or away on holiday. As well as advising expat homeowners to secure their properties, the official also advised them not to put too much trust in hired home help. Over the summer, a series of break-ins at expat homes resulted in the loss of valuables worth many thousands of dinars as well as large amounts of cash.

Capital Trustees Board chairman Mohammed al Khozaie told local media he’d urged expat residents to be more careful, adding they should realise things are very much different now than in the past. Changes in social and economic conditions, he added, mean it’s now unrealistic to trust domestic workers as a result. Many expats, he said, used to leave their homes open to their workers as they considered them trustworthy, but times have changed and more vigilance is required.

Al Khozaie said his department will now investigate the possibility of increased security in the affected residential areas with his colleagues in the Interior Ministry, also urging local residents to contact the police immediately they discover they’ve been robbed. Burglars are known to have broken open locked doors in order to gain entry to apartments, with victims saying it’s not just about losing valuables and cash, it’s also about not feeling safe in one’s home after being robbed. Security cameras have now been installed in at-risk areas which have already suffered break-ins.
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