This experience is leaving many residents feeling anxious, worried about being alone and violated after the thefts.
Rianna (22) was in the bath when her dog alerted her to the fact that people were inside her home.
They took her car during the burglary, which was found burnt out days later.
“I was genuinely in shock when it happened. I felt incredibly violated considering they were in my home while I was in the bath,” she said.
“I also find it hard to be alone since it happened.
“I was quite shocked at how casual the police were; stating this is the norm now and they wait for you to be home so they can take your wallet etcetera.”
Rianna – a university student – found the experience extremely inconvenient, as well as traumatic. “I had to re-order all my cards and had no access to money and ID and transport,” she said.
“They also took money and a watch, which they’d have no idea of the value of.
“My university work was also burnt in my car, which was sad.
“As a student these items are hard to replace and they just burnt them.”
Cherie also had her car set on fire after it was stolen from her home, along with her handbag, jewellery and her camera.
The car could not be insured because she bought it hail-damaged at auction.
“I now have to lock my house and carry the key when I go into the garden,” she said.
“It cost me $400 to have the burnt-out wreck of my car removed from council property.
“Although juveniles broke into my house two years ago at Easter while I was out during the day for an hour, I did not expect to be a victim of crime just by going into the garden, but apparently this is becoming a common occurrence.”
Burglaries in dwellings
Mandurah: 284 Mandurah: 212
Halls Head: 136 Halls Head: 99
Greenfields: 121 Greenfields: 114
Dudley Park: 101 Dudley Park: 56
Coodanup: 86 Coodanup: 59
Meadow Springs: 80 Meadow Springs: 49
Lakelands: 71 Lakelands: 20
Falcon: 57 Falcon: 38
Dawesville: 53 Dawesville: 34
Madora Bay: 27 Madora Bay: 27