In less than 10 minutes, the police arrived, two in a car and two on Ninja bikes.
We told them what we knew but we didn't dare to go inside the house. Then three of them went into the house and after some minutes, one came out to motion my brother to go in with him. I was curious and asked the policeman why, he said he needed a witness to follow him, to show him the house was already ransacked to the fullest. In malay, he said "hancur"... I followed them in and indeed the house was in a mess already.
After more questions asked, we were advised on what we should do especially when we go on trips or whenever we are not in house. He told us that most back lanes are very dark at night and it is advisable to install some kind of lights at the back door. Bright lights will deter theft in a way but this is daylight theft, I said. How to avoid? The police deduced that the thieves climbed in from the roof and left from the back. All these are already planned, they know the owner is not around....
What steps should we take to prevent this from happening to our house especially when we go on long trips? Locking up the door from front to back is very obvious that the owners are not in the house 24/7.