A Shepparton woman who was the victim of an aggravated burglary at her home last week has described the incident as her worst nightmare.
Janet*, 70, was sound asleep about 6.30am last Monday when two intruders broke into her home in Balaclava Rd.
‘‘They walked in and met me in my bedroom, I woke with a torch and hammer in my face,’’ she said.
‘‘He (one of the intruders) said ‘I’m not going to hurt you, I’m poor and need money’. Out of the blue, it was just like a nightmare.’’
Janet is yet to sleep at home since the incident, but said she felt compelled to share her story as a warning.
‘‘I think about it all the time but I am determined to come back home. I don’t want to live in fear, I’m just thankful I didn’t get hurt,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s important to be safe. The door they broke into was a safety security door, but the frame was flimsy.’’
Janet said she was still shaken by the incident, but was determined to recover and was set to meet a counsellor today.
‘‘The community needs to make sure they lock up their homes. Get a dog because that can be a good deterrence,’’ she said.
Shepparton police Detective Senior Constable Mick Guppy said investigations into the incident were continuing.
‘‘Police were here instantly, they fingerprinted the place and were very helpful,’’ Janet said.
‘‘They (intruders) did get a lot of jewellery including a piece of gold, one precious gold watch made in London and a chain. But they didn’t get my wedding ring, thankfully.’’
Janet said about $12000 worth of jewellery was stolen in total, but added she was ‘‘just thankful’’ she could share her story.
One of the offenders is described as being 175cm tall and was wearing dark gloves, a black and white bandanna and dark clothing.
The second is described as being tall and thin.
‘‘When I closed the door and locked it, they just ambled across the lawn in no rush whatsoever,’’ Janet said.
Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell said Janet was an extremely brave woman for sharing her story for the benefit of the entire community.
‘‘I think it’s distressing for anybody to be woken in the manner that this lady was,’’ she said.
‘‘Reality is our local police are doing a fantastic job but they are limited by their resources, the (Victorian) Government need to give them more resources.’’
Ms Lovell said the Shepparton Police Station had lost 11 members between June 2016 and December 2017.
Anyone with information about the aggravated burglary is urged to phone Shepparton police’s Criminal Investigation Unit on 58205800 or alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, phone Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.
* Janet is not the victim’s real name.