Schools lost more than $11 million worth of property in burglaries last year, Dick Le told legislators. Education sector lawmaker Cheung Man-kwong said the 269 cases of school burglary last year was high, given the city had only 1,200 schools. Police figures show total losses rose from $5 million in 2003 to more than $11 million last year, meaning the culprits are walking away with an average of $40,000 from each break-in. Burglars often targeted information technology tools such as projectors, which could easily be sold, the police chief said. 'Such crimes have increased in the past few years, mainly because there are more such tools at schools nowadays. Some schools have centrally stored this equipment in rooms that are more secure and difficult to break into. This is a good way forward.' He also said schools should review security arrangements to help prevent burglaries. Schools had been asked to record the serial numbers of their high-risk equipment, a move Mr Lee said would help police locate and recover stolen items in second-hand markets. But he conceded such burglaries could be difficult to crack because stolen equipment was often quickly sold. About 16 per cent of school burglaries were solved last year, up from 13 per cent in 2003.