Pleas made for increased security as urns are disturbed and valuables taken Distressed families have called for more police and security guards to patrol cemeteries and crematoriums after grave robbers at Cape Collinson Crematorium damaged 48 niches and stole valuables from them. Lee Chee-sing was devastated when told his wife's urn was among those vandalised last week. Thieves also took a Tudor watch worth $7,000. 'I bought this for my wife on her 50th birthday. She valued it so much she never wore it, and when she passed away, I figured the watch should always be with her,' he said. 'Her urn was exposed, the metal frame around the niche was removed, and even the coins I placed at the four corners to ensure her spirit rested in peace were stolen. 'It is important for Chinese that their loved ones are in peace after they are gone, but now my wife has been disturbed.' The government has ruled out paying for repairs, with a spokeswoman from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) saying the department did not have a policy for compensating families who are victims of such crimes. But the spokeswoman said the government was considering building more fences and installing more closed-circuit televisions around the cemetery. 'Guards patrol overnight six times a week, and from October 1, we will place an extra two guards on the night shift,' she said But legislator Choy So-yuk said this was not enough and with the Chung Yeung festival approaching, demanded more patrols at other cemeteries. Eastern district councillor Kung Pak-chung said he had received four complaints this year about 'grave blessers', who extort money from those worshipping their ancestors by selling them 'blessing' paper during Chung Yeung. The FEHD says it will increase patrols in cemeteries and will display a sign during the festival to remind people not to give money away. Since August 10, police have solved three cases involving theft and criminal damage in cemeteries and crematoriums, where 231 urns were either moved or damaged. Two men were arrested last week for stealing a watch from the Cape Collinson Crematorium earlier this year. They were bailed with the condition they do not go within 100 metres of any cemetery. The most sensational case involving grave robbers was uncovered by the ICAC in 1999, when nine staff of the former municipal council were blamed for stealing valuables since 1994.