Michelle and Stephen Shearer, of Lennox Head, are sick of thieves targeting their home and are calling for a public meeting on crime to try and tackle the issue.
Michelle and Stephen Shearer, of Lennox Head, are sick of thieves targeting their home and are calling for a public meeting on crime to try and tackle the issue. Doug Eaton

Lennox residents band together to fight bandits

THIEVES have left Michelle Shearer's family so frustrated they are calling for an urgent public forum to stop the brazen burglars in their tracks.

The Shearer's Lennox Head home has been targeted three times since December, and Ms Shearer says something needs to be done before they, and other victims, are violated again.

The Shearers are not the only ones feeling like sitting ducks for the thieves.

Other residents like Zuzana Ebrova have been also targeted and say it is up to the community as a whole to work to tackle the problem.

"It's such a violation," Ms Shearer said. "We can't sit back and do nothing or it will just continue. We need something like Neighbourhood Watch started up again."

Last December thieves rifled through the Shearer's caravan, parked next to their house, and stole a first-aid kit.

In March thieves broke into the van again, this time stealing Ms Shearer's iPod Classic as well as a chainsaw from under the house.

A few weeks later, thieves broke into Ms Shearer's house and stole the iPod Classic she had bought to replace the one originally stolen, as well as husband Stephen's wedding ring, laptop computer and some cash.

Ms Ebrova, whose seven-year-old son's motorbike and piggy bank savings were stolen by thieves last week, said enough was enough.

"It's especially not fair on the kids who have to suffer and have nightmares because their homes have been broken into," she said.

Crime prevention officer Snr Const Michael Hogan said police would be more than happy to work with local residents to tackle the problem, however, he did not support any vigilante behaviour.

Email Michelle Shearer at mimisurf03@hotmail.com to be involved in the public forum.


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