Locking up part of modern life
JOHN Hamilton wants a generation of people who never had to lock their doors growing up to know that times have changed.
Not only is he encouraging the 580 residents of Golden Shores Retirement Village to secure their homes and property, but also to arm themselves with personal panic alarms.
This is because the Pialba village has been the target of a number of brazen home invasions over the past weeks.
“There have been at least two walk-ins where people have forgotten to lock their doors and in one of those the resident woke up to find someone going through their cupboards,” said Mr Hamilton, who is the Golden Shores residents committee convenor.
He said the offender had fled when the woman in question called out.
In the other instance, a man woke to find his wallet had been stolen, along with a carton of juice from the fridge.
And in a separate incident last weekend, two residents were threatened by young men they found trespassing in the grounds of the village.
Mr Hamilton said that, when challenged, the two youths threatened to “knife” the residents.
“The last thing we want is anyone confronting these people.
“Instead, they can stay put and make a noise that will wake everyone up and the intruders can expect to be seen by a large number of witnesses.”
For about $10, people can buy the panic alarms, which emit a 120 decibel noise, he said.
“I’m also telling people not to rely on their screen doors, which are fly screens, not security screens.
“It’s about realising we live in the 21st Century and things are not how they used to be.”