Brave Mackay mum catches three robbers at home

A MACKAY mother had a sleepless weekend, after she caught three burglars red-handed in her living room.

On Saturday, Tégan McGovern woke after she heard dogs barking a noise in the early hours of the morning.

She decided to get up and investigate, thinking it was probably just the wind.

"There were three guys in my hallway with torches and we just stood there for a few seconds just looking at each other," she said.

With two kids in the house, her maternal instincts kicked in she yelled at the top of her voice, which prompted the men to make a run for it.

Fortunately, nothing was stolen from her Valetta Gardens home.

Having lived in Mackay all of her life, she no longer thinks she can leave her front door open at night.

Even now, days after the break-in, she's questioning whether she does feel safe at home, particularly with her husband away during the week at his job in the mines.

"The first few days I didn't get a lot of sleep," she said.

"Every little noise and every time the dogs bark I am looking out the windows and checking the doors."

Ms McGovern has headed the warning to lock up their home, but hasn't yet looked to security options, but she said it was certainly an option.

The recent spike in break-and-enters, has seen people upgrade and reinforce the security of their homes.

Porters Operation manager Mitch Glover said there has been a significant increase in security accessories sold in the past week.

LOCK UP: Porters Manager of Hardware and lifestyle, Anthony Pace with the security accessories that are slimming as the days go by.
LOCK UP: Porters Manager of Hardware and lifestyle, Anthony Pace with the security accessories that are slimming as the days go by. Jacob Miley

On Monday May 29, after seeing the amount of break-ins at the weekend, they ordered extra stock to meet the demands.

Their shelves are now slimming as people have come in to make their homes burglar-proof.

Porters Hardware also saw an increase in chain padlocks for side gates in the last week.

Meanwhile, the Jayco Electronics store in Mackay also saw their security surveillance system sales double in the space of a week.



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