Thieves broke into a Hong Kong flat and stole a safe containing more than HK$210,000 in cash and valuables, police said on Friday. The break-in was discovered by a 42-year-old tenant soon after 10.30pm on Thursday, when he found the window grille on the balcony of the Willow Mansion flat, in Taikoo Shing residential estate, had been broken open. According to police, the flat was ransacked during the incident. “A safe carrying HK$200,000 in jewellery and HK$10,000 in foreign currency, along with HK$5,000 was stolen from the flat,” a police spokesman said. Officers have studied security footage, but so far no one has been arrested. Hong Kong duo arrested over low-interest loan scam that earned HK$4.5 million Reports of burglaries have been on the rise across the city this year. On Wednesday, two gangs of burglars took advantage of deserted streets during Typhoon Higos to steal HK$1.1 million worth of dried seafood and Chinese medicinal products from two shops. Police received reports of the two incidents – in Kwai Chung and Tsuen Wan – in the span of an hour when the typhoon warning signal No 9, the second highest in the city’s alert system, was in force. Last month, a senior Swire executive had his house on Mount Cameron Road on The Peak broken into. His neighbour, French consul general Alexandre Giorgini, also had his house burgled in January. According to police, 1,156 burglaries were reported in the first half of this year, an increase of 47.1 per cent from 786 in the same period last year. To cope with the rising trend, the force has stepped up patrols and mounted anti-burglary operations.