An elderly woman has been described as “extremely brave” after confronting two home invaders, forcing them to flee, after they broke into her retirement village unit overnight.
- The elderly woman heard the men in her bedroom at about 1:30am
- Police said the men left with the victim’s handbag and some jewellery
- The woman was described as “extremely brave” for confronting the men
Police said they are investigating the incident in which the two men, and possibly a third man, broke into the woman’s home at the Pineview Retirement Village in Glenside, in Adelaide’s south-east.
The victim told police she woke to find two men going through drawers in the bedroom of her Conyngham Street unit at about 1:30am.
Police said the men left with the victim’s handbag and some jewellery and it appeared they had broken in through a window.
Pineview Village executive officer Lucille Tribelhorn described the woman as “extremely brave” for confront the men.
“She just confronted them nicely and asked them what they were doing in her unit,” Ms Tribelhorn told the ABC.
“Basically she told them that they are … very cheeky to do this.
“For somebody in their 90s, she’s extremely brave.”
‘We have to become more security conscious’
Ms Tribelhorn said after being confronted, the men left the unit through the laundry and jumped over two fences to get away.
She said even though the woman was fine after the ordeal, management would look at increasing security for all residents.
“I think we have to become more security conscious because I think times are changing,” she said.
“I suppose we could look at actually having more security lighting that might deter people.
“We might actually look at having night patrols, but these are all added expenses.”
Police said the men were wearing dark clothing. A police dog was used at the scene but could not locate the offenders.
Police warn residents to secure their homes
The home invasion came after police released statistics showing how many break-ins were reported across Adelaide last week.
Forty-two break-ins were reported in the eastern suburbs, while another 40 were reported in the south.
A further 51 break-ins were reported in the northern suburbs and in the west, 65 break-ins were reported.
Police said it was important residents were vigilant about home security.
“A secure home will reduce the chance of getting burgled. Homes without basic security features are five times more likely to be burgled than homes with security,” police said.
Anyone with information on the home invasion at Glenside or any break-ins across Adelaide have been asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.