AYEYARWADDY DIVISION – Locals reported that there have been more house burglaries in June, in Pathein City.
Military council troops and police are patrolling the neighborhoods, but the burglars have been breaking into homes in groups, reported the residents.
“There are more and more thieves. Shops and houses are being broken into, almost every day. Even if we made reports, no efforts were made to arrest them. We have to put up barbed wire and brick walls to keep our houses safe,” said a resident of Pathein.
Recently on June 21, a house in Pathein was broken into at 2 a.m. and six mobile phones and household appliances were stolen in addition to cash, the owner posted on their social media account.
Since the military coup, there has been a rise in robberies of pedestrians by bikers and break-ins, but no arrests have been made, said the residents.
In Pathein, the military soldiers and police forces are patrolling in large numbers, but they are mainly arresting the revolutionary forces but not the criminals. There has been a decrease in the detections, inspections and arrests of drug dealers, illegal gamblers, robbers, and counterfeit money sellers by the regime forces, as reported by the locals.