Thieves target elderly

Sandra Watters says she and her neighbours were shocked at the brazen thefts. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d414211
Sandra Watters says she and her neighbours were shocked at the brazen thefts. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d414211

Sandra Watters said the retirement village she lived in was targeted twice in the same morning on Monday, January 20, between 6am and 7.30am, with the thieves brazenly striking while the residents were home.

‘One of my neighbours was hanging up her washing in her yard when the intruder passed by her, went in the back door, opened her wardrobe and went through her handbag,’ she said.

‘My neighbour didn’t even see them come through.

‘When I found out about it, my other neighbour and I were outside watering our gardens, and she went in to her house to check and discovered that she had been robbed as well.’

Ms Watters said she and her neighbours were shaken by the incident, but everyone was pleased with how quickly the police responded.

‘We were shocked but we have nothing but praise for the officers who arrived; they were here within 10 minutes of me calling and they were compassionate,’ she said.

‘The locks on the doors were also changed immediately.’

Mrs Watters encouraged residents to lock up.

‘You have to be so careful, I don’t think these people have the intention to hurt anyone but they probably will if they have to,’ she said.

‘There is also the chance they could come back to get something they weren’t able to get the first time.

‘People need to be made aware and to lock their doors and windows, even if they are still in their own yard, watering their garden or hanging up the washing.’

Midland Police officer-in-charge Craig Davis said the burglaries were believed to be linked by the same offenders but he had no description at this stage.

‘It’s an important reminder for people to keep their doors locked, even when they’re home,’ he said.