Internacionales

Citizens face terror during home invasions

These crim­i­nals are well-armed and use any kind of weapon from firearms to cut­lass­es to kill, beat, tor­ture, as­sault or maim their vic­tims be­fore steal­ing cash, jew­ellery, elec­tron­ics, house­hold items, or any form of valu­ables from the vic­tim’s prop­er­ty be­fore mak­ing a hasty ex­it.

In some cas­es, crim­i­nals show no mer­cy for women, chil­dren, or even the el­der­ly

CHARLES KONG SOO

Per­pe­tra­tors of home in­va­sions that have be­come fre­quent over the last few months are us­ing in­creas­ing­ly vi­o­lent and bru­tal tac­tics against cit­i­zens in sev­er­al com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try. It has dri­ven fear in­to many vic­tims as peo­ple have be­come vul­ner­a­ble in their homes.

These crim­i­nals are well-armed and use any kind of weapon from firearms to cut­lass­es to kill, beat, tor­ture, as­sault or maim their vic­tims be­fore steal­ing cash, jew­ellery, elec­tron­ics, house­hold items, or any form of valu­ables from the vic­tim’s prop­er­ty be­fore mak­ing a hasty ex­it.

In some cas­es, crim­i­nals show no mer­cy for women, chil­dren, or even the el­der­ly.

The trau­ma of be­ing at­tacked and beat­en and in some in­stances be­ing left for dead can haunt vic­tims men­tal­ly for a long time. Oth­ers, mean­while, find strength in cop­ing with the or­deal and en­sur­ing they are pre­pared if an­oth­er such at­tack should oc­cur.

A St Clair home­own­er who had been the vic­tim of a vi­o­lent home in­va­sion some months ago and sur­vived the har­row­ing or­deal re­count­ed his ex­pe­ri­ence and that of his fam­i­ly at the hands of ma­raud­ing ban­dits.

Speak­ing on the con­di­tion of anonymi­ty the home­own­er said, “Imag­ine be­ing awak­ened at night to the sounds of in­trud­ers in your home, be­ing am­bushed as you are about to en­ter your home, tied up and beat­en in your home while your home is ran­sacked, and see­ing your fam­i­ly be­ing tied up and beat­en be­fore your eyes.