On Tuesday, the South China Morning Post reported that burglars got away from a Sai Kung home with a haul worth HK$8.7 million, which included three luxury watches and 100,000 yuan (HK$127,000) and US$5,000 in cash. Another burglary in the same area on the same night, we're told, netted a HK$2,000 watch and HK$10,000 in cash. The week before, a Sha Tin home was burgled, yielding, it was reported, expensive watches and HK$500,000 in cash.

Over the Lunar New Year, it had been Clear Water Bay's turn and, it was reported, a woman returned to her home on Razor Hill Road to find thieves had made off with jewellery, luxury watches and HK$100,000 in cash. On January 15, the SCMP informed its readers of two burglaries, in which HK$250,000 and HK$1.6 million in "cash and valuables" had been taken. On January 2, it was discovered that two flats in Stanley had been broken into, burglars apparently making off with two expensive watches and HK$84,000 in cash.

Assuming these victims were all scrupulously honest when making the police reports they would have needed when filing insurance claims, this tells us that not only do wealthy people have a lot of expensive watches, but they also, rather inexplicably, leave enormous wads of cash lying around.

The village in which I live has a monkey problem. One large, bold male, in particular, will go for anyone holding a plastic bag, assuming there is food inside. It does so because it has learned that plastic bags often do have food inside.

If people who live in expensive houses continue to leave large piles of cash lying around - who needs that much at short notice? - and newspapers keep faithfully reporting the huge sums that everyone who gets burgled appears to have about their home, then those monkeys that go about in the night with swag bags over their shoulders are going to continue finding a way in.