Alarm didn’t stop theft
BROAD DAYLIGHT ROBBERY LEAVES FAMILY READY TO MOVE
A MINCHINBURY family has been left frightened in their own home after heartless thieves broke in during the middle of the day, stealing family heirlooms and an 11-year-old’s piggy bank.
University lecturer Awais Piracha said he was furious someone had broken in in broad daylight.
“I can’t believe someone had the audacity to break in during the middle of the day and had the audacity to keep stealing things even with the alarm going off,” Mr Piracha said.
Sadly Mr Piracha was just one of more than 400 victims of break and enters at home in the Mt Druitt area this year, according to the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research latest figures.
About 1pm on December 1, Mr Piracha arrived at his Booth Place home to find his house had been broken in to.
The front door had a hole kicked into it and the entire house had been ransacked.
Among items stolen was jewellery handed down from his grandmother’s family and his 11-year-old son’s piggy bank. It’s believed the thief used a pillowcase taken from the family’s own bed to gather the loot before jumping the back fence and escaping via a track regularly used by illegal trail bike riders.
Mr Piracha said he had considered moving his family from the home they’ve had for more than eight years.
“My wife is the most frightened,” he said.
Mt Druitt crime manager David Goddard said there were some steps residents could take to protect their homes including installing good quality locks, security cameras and alarms. But he conceded the alarm hadn’t deterred thieves in the Piracha’s case.
“Unfortunately there are still people out there who, if they want to break in, they will find a way,” Det-Insp Goddard said.
“I would just encourage residents to call police immediately.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Awais Piracha with the damaged door from his Minchinbury home and (inset) the ransacked room.