After repeated break-ins, woman offers thieves food, friendship

  • 19/09/2016
After repeated break-ins, woman offers thieves food, friendship

A woman in Perth has come up with an innovative way to potentially stop break-ins, by posting a sign on her fence offering thieves "food, warmth and even friendship".

Sam De Sillery made the move after her car and seven of her Mosman Park neighbours' and friends' cars were broken into over two days.

"For those who keep breaking into my car, and keep smashing my neighbour's car windows, we are doing it tough," the sign reads.

"If it's food that you need, I will feed you. If you need warmth I have rugs, but most of all I can be your friend."

No one has taken Ms De Sillery up on her offer, WA Today reports, but she says she is serious about her offer.

"I know it's hard to find work and there are a lot of people doing it really tough.

"I'm a single mum, so I know how tough it is and I get by through sharing food and support from family and friends.

"So instead of being angry I decided to put the sign up because I thought maybe I could help."

Many of the 28-year-old's neighbours left their cars unlocked, so as to not have to keep replacing broken windows.

"I've had by car broken into twice this week," she says.

"It never used to be this bad. My friend's garage got broken into and they stole a hose and reel.

"You get $5 on Gumtree for that. So many of the crimes are petty, so that's why I thought they might just need some food or something like that."

After posting a photo of the sign to Facebook, Ms De Sillery has been inundated with words of support.

"I haven't been robbed, so that's exciting."