The Panorama, Cape Town, home of Western Cape police commissioner Lt-Gen Arno Lamoer was broken into on Tuesday morning, police said.
The robbers gained entry by cutting a window open and took items including electronic equipment, Brigadier Novela Potelwa said.
Lamoer and his family were home at the time, but only discovered what had happened in the morning once they woke up.
Lamoer urged people to ensure their doors and gates were locked at all times and to use alarm systems. SAPA