A GRANDMOTHER whose home was burgled while she sat unaware in her living room is urging residents to lock their doors and avoid becoming victim to sneak-in thieves.
Dawn Goodwin, 58, of Westfield Lane, South Elmsall, was terrified after she realised thieves had entered her bungalow on Monday night and taken her jewellery box and money box full of cash and door keys.
Miss Goodwin said she thought she had heard the door, which was unlocked, open, but assumed it was her grandson who lives with her.
After a few minutes he still had not come into the living room so she got up to see where he was.
But she went into her bedroom and found her jewellery box, which contained a gold ring, and the money box had been stolen.
She said: “I was so frightened when I realised what had happened.
“Who knows what they could have done to me if I had got up sooner and interrupted them. I dread to think.
“I’m scared to be in the house on my own now. I just want to warn people to keep their doors locks so it doesn’t happen to them.”
Miss Goodwin is saving up to help pay for her nine-year-old granddaughter, Kennedy, to swim with dolphins when she goes on holiday in the summer.
She said: “I am devastated for her. I really wanted her to be able to do that, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I will just have to start saving again.”
Her locks have been changed and she said she will keep them more secure in future.
Inspector Jackie Turton, of the South East neighbourhood policing team, said: “We are investigating the burglary and would urge people to ensure that their doors and windows are secure even when they are at home to reduce the opportunity for thieves to strike.”
Anyone with information should contact the police on 101.