By DAISY SAMPSON [email protected]
It is becoming apparent that burglar alarms, security grills and security lighting are effectively worthless when your home is the target of organised criminals as one homeowner from Carvoeiro found out on April 6.
While sleeping, the British resident, who asked to remain anonymous, was the victim of a burglary that saw thieves getting away with a car, a 42 inch new television complete with remote control and cable and a handbag.
The victim of the burglary told the Algarve Resident: “We can only assume that the burglars had been to the house the day before and opened a window slightly, to return in the night once all the lights had gone off.
“What I thought would never happen to us just did,” said the victim. “I used to pride myself on the safety of my home and friends and family even used to say that the house was like Fort Knox!”
He added: “We have the latest new double glazed windows with safety glass, a state of the art burglar alarm, lights that come on and off when you are not around, grills on all the bathroom windows and we set the alarm at night for the entire house except for our bedroom.”
The GNR were at the scene within 10 minutes of being called. “We have no complaints about the service we received from our local police. I just wish they would catch one of these criminals once in a while,” he said.
The burglary victim added that he was not going to let the experience stop him and his wife from enjoying their great life in the Algarve as “no one got hurt”. Luckily, the stolen car was found by the burglary victims parked in a local supermarket car park, however “heavily scratched”.
The victim’s advice for other property owners is: “Check that every window and door is locked and bolted – do not trust the naked eye. Put the alarm on at night and try to alter your comings and goings so that anyone watching cannot see a pattern.”
Meanwhile, Isilda Gomes, the Civil Governor of the Algarve, met in Portimão on April 12 to discuss the importance of increasing the security in the region. She highlighted the need for specific plans for each council depending on the type of crime experienced most in the area.
At the time the Algarve Resident went to press on Wednesday, no arrests had been made in relation to the crime and investigations were ongoing.