Police never came

A local Brookdale resident has made a formal complaint to police after a call for help during an attempted break-in went unattended. Picture: Matthew Poon d401488
A local Brookdale resident has made a formal complaint to police after a call for help during an attempted break-in went unattended. Picture: Matthew Poon d401488

The woman, who does not want to be named, said she arrived home in the dark to see children trying to scale her fence.

She believed the children were from a nearby Department of Housing property and she had used her high beam headlights to deter the children.

She then let her pets inside the house as a hammer was thrown over the fence.

‘Within 10 minutes, I could hear the children throwing things at my window,’ she said.

‘I immediately called the police and explained what was happening. While on the phone, the children climbed onto my roof and continued throwing things at my house, presumably trying to break in.

‘I was clearly in distress and made it known to the woman on the phone that I live alone and was fearful of my safety.’

She said the woman offered to stay on the phone until police arrived but she knew police resources were limited so she said she chose to hang up, but the police never arrived.

The woman spent an anxious night awake, fearing for her safety and staying up for the police attendance.

She submitted a formal complaint to the police.