Residents have to be watchful of housemaids

Posted by David Khoirul
So far I've never had housemaids at home. My mom and my sister Diana can do their house work -- cleaning up dishes, washing clothes, and cooking in the kitchen -- without any help of somebody else. If you, however, have to hire a housemaid to get your house stuff done, you need to keep an eye on her to avoid being a victim of crimes committed by alleged theft cyndicates, which currently have haunted big cities like Jakarta.

City Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar said Monday hiring housemaids from licensed agencies or those recommended by their relatives are safer.

“It is also important for employers to make sure their maids have relatives or close acquaintance they can reach or contact anytime,” Boy said.

On Sunday, a resident of Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, lost Rp 30 million (US$3,300), a set of diamond earrings and two cellular phones from her home, all allegedly stolen by her maid, who had only been employed that day.

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