RESIDENTS on the Peak have been urged to recruit watchmen and improve security systems in the wake of recent burglaries. About two months ago, security measures at the home of Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang, in Barker Road, were improved and Gurkhas have been brought in as guards. 'Security guards are part of newly-implemented measures after a review by the Government Property Agency,' a spokesman said. 'There are four Gurkhas and two each are on a 12-hour shift to guard the main entrance and check vehicles and visitors. Other security measures such as a new alarm system have also been put in place.' She added they had confidence in the police but it was a different role. The review was prompted after two illegal immigrants tried to burgle Victoria House in January. Chief property manager, Sham Kwok-sher, says the Gurkhas are now staff of a government-appointed security company. He pointed out most government offices and quarters were secured by staff of security companies but some premises like Government House and police stations are guarded by policemen. However, Police Commissioner, Eddie Hui Ki-on, does not have guards to secure his house on Peak Road. It has an electronic security system. Last Tuesday, the home of the Belgian Vice-Consul was robbed. Her neighbour and boss, the Consul-General, was burgled four months ago. Last month, an illegal immigrant snatched a revolver from a policeman in the area. According to police figures, there were six robberies and 37 burglary cases on the Peak in the past 12 months. Central divisional commander, Superintendent Iain Tse Ho-yin, said lax security by some residents on the Peak was partly to blame for recent incidents. 'We detected that a number of houses on the Peak neither had security guards nor a fixed security system,' he said. 'Although some are equipped with alarm systems, the tenants did not switch them on at night.' Illegal immigrants have been blamed for recent incidents.