Seniors targeted in home invasions

Detectives believe the two males pictured can assist with their inquiries into a violent burglary on Thursday. Anyone who sees the two males is advised not to approach them but call police immediately on 131 444.
Detectives believe the two males pictured can assist with their inquiries into a violent burglary on Thursday. Anyone who sees the two males is advised not to approach them but call police immediately on 131 444.

SENIORS have been targeted in a series of terrifying home invasions in the Peel region.

On Thursday, a woman in her 60s was threatened with a machete and had a knife held to her neck at her Greenfields house.

Police said she was faced with two men in her Balwina Road home about 4.30pm. One threatened the woman and smashed her mobile phone with the machete before ripping jewellery she was wearing from her neck.

The second offender grabbed a knife from the kitchen and held it to the woman’s neck, demanding money. They ran from the home with a sum of cash.

Thursday’s incident was the latest in a string of horrifying burglaries victimising older members of the community.

On October 9, a woman in her 80s struggled with an armed burglar in her Greenfields home.

She sustained a minor hand injury as the man, who brandished a knife, escaped with her mobile phone and personal items.

Last month a woman in her 60s was robbed of personal items and her car while at home in Pinjarra.

A couple in their 90s were confronted by burglars in their Dudley Park home, who demanded cash and jewellery from the woman. Her partner was pushed
but was not injured.

Police said it was unknown if any of the incidents were linked.

Superintendent Andy Greatwood said residential burglaries in the Mandurah district were up eight per cent.

He said retirement homes had also reported issues and promised action via a visible increase in police in the next few months.

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