‘Our home isn’t safe anymore’

2019-04-03 06:01
The view from the house in Napierville that has been robbed twice in the past year. The homeowners claim that a neighbourhood bottle store, visible here, has contributed to the issue.PHOTO: byrone athman

The view from the house in Napierville that has been robbed twice in the past year. The homeowners claim that a neighbourhood bottle store, visible here, has contributed to the issue.PHOTO: byrone athman

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A NAPIERVILLE family is living in fear after they have had their house broken into twice in less than a year.

The family of four, who did not want to be identified out of fear of retaliation, say the second incident happened on Saturday.

Speaking to the Echo on Monday, the daughter of the homeowner said they fear for their lives after the second incident. She said she was not at home when the incident occurred over the weekend, but her mother and her little brother were.

“I was in hospital because my child was sick. When my mother told me about the incident on Sunday morning, I rushed back home and the house was a mess. My bedroom was upside down and they [robbers] had taken all the gadgets in my room, including two tablets, my weave and my new sneakers that I bought last month.

“They even went into my mother’s bedroom while she was sleeping with my brother and took her bags. They took all the money in her bags and left the bags in the lounge,” she said.

The daughter said her mother, the homeowner, is even thinking of selling the house and relocating to another area because she is scared.

“We are not safe anymore. If someone can enter a house and your room while you are sleeping and take your belongings that is not being safe.

“Since the incident happened, we are struggling to sleep because we fear that the robbers are going to come back and strike again,” she said.

The homeowner said she believes that the incident happened in the early hours of Sunday because she woke up at around 1am on Sunday morning and everything was in order. She said the robbers must have jumped the fence to gain entrance into the yard and they used the lounge window to enter the house.

“I went back to sleep and woke up just after 6am. I do not know what happened because usually I wake up at 4am, but that day I slept until the sun came out. I did not hear anything until the morning when I woke up and saw that the house was upside down,” she said, adding that she believes that the robbers used something to make her fall asleep and not be able to wake up while they were inside the house.

The first time the home was broken into the family were away at a family gathering. They said the thieves took gadgets, ate the food in the fridge and left the house in a complete mess.

“We reported the matter at the Prestbury Police station and they came to take the fingerprints and gave us the case number, but until today nothing has happened — no one has came back to us with an update. We feel as if our own justice system has failed us.

“We reported the second incident and they took fingerprints and gave us a case number but we know that nothing is going to happen.

“What makes us more angry is that we are not the only people who are having this problem. Our neighbour had his laundry stolen from the washing line while they were sleeping in the house.

“We want this problem dealt with once and for all, before it gets even more out of hand,” she said.

The family say they believe that the people or person who is doing this is someone who knows their daily habits, with the daughter adding that they believe that the bottle store next to their house has contributed to the problem.

“The men who drink outside the bottle store are able to constantly monitor us and ever since the bottle store opened there we have had a problem,” said the woman.

Echo approached the bottle store owner’s son, who also asked to remain anonymous, for comment.

The man, who works at the store, said that he did not agree with the woman regarding the men who drink outside the premises, saying: “We have had no incidents with the men who drink outside here. They have not given us any issues and we see to it that any bad behaviour is not tolerated.”

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