Alarm didn’t stop theft


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Alison Bald­ing

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.

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