An early-morning attempted burglary has highlighted the importance of home safety for the Warwick community.
An early-morning attempted burglary has highlighted the importance of home safety for the Warwick community. File

Brazen thief yelled abuse at woman

IMAGINE coming face to face with your attempted burglar, being at a loss for words, your heart pounding in your chest as you’re unsure what will happen next.

This was a frightening reality for one young Warwick woman yesterday morning as a man attempted to break into her Glennie Heights home.

“Every morning I wake up when my newspaper is delivered about 4am, but just after that I heard a weird noise outside,” the shaken 21-year-old told the Daily News.

“I laid there for a bit to make sure it was real, then I definitely heard the sound of him trying to open a door – then I heard footsteps on the concrete just outside mybedroom window.”

Scared but determined to know who was outside, the young woman went to her bedroom window and peered outside, only to come face to face with her prowler, separated only by the thin screen of her window.

“I couldn’t speak. I was just shocked, I didn’t know what to do or say,” thewoman said.

“Then he said (an obscene phrase) and I said ‘what?’ and he said it again, which woke up my boyfriend who yelled out, so he just put his hood over his head and ran away.

“He was really cheeky about it the way he yelled out to me.”

The stunned young homeowner called the Warwick Police, who arrived within 10 minutes.

“They drove down the street and did a spotlight search – they told me after someone managed to rob a place down the road so I was lucky,” she said.

After having lived in Warwick all her life, the woman said she was just used to leaving her doors unlocked, which one was yesterday morning.

“He mustn’t have been too clever because the front door was unlocked, but he was trying to get through the side door,” she said.

“It’s definitely taught me a lesson – from now on every door to my house and car will be locked.

“You just don’t expect this sort of stuff to happen in Warwick.”

Remember to report any criminal or suspicious activity happening in your community to Warwick Police on 46604444 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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