AN Orange woman says her family is being targeted by thieves with their Euchareena weekender robbed three times in the past 20 months.
In total thieves have stolen $50,000 to $60,000 worth of motorbikes, saddles, camping equipment, electrical goods and tools.
A gun safe containing three firearms was also stolen leaving the family worried the contents have fallen into the wrong hands.
The woman, who asked not to be named, believe the thieves watched the family load equipment on to their trailer and followed them to their weekender with the intention of robbing the property once the family returned to Orange.
“If thieves other than the ones who have already robbed us know our names they can find out more about us as well as also knowing that we are not at the weekender property through the week ... it could make us an even bigger target for this to happen again,” she said.
“We can’t fully protect the property when we are not there and can only rely on the general security steps you can take which are clearly not enough.”
The woman said she decided to speak out about the thefts to remind people of the impact crime has on its victims.
“For nearly two years our lives have been consumed by these robberies and the negativity they bring with them,” she said.
“The emotional toll, the difficultly to function each day and the anger that builds up when you realise they have gotten away with it has the greatest impact.”
The woman said it was also difficult knowing someone had entered their property “uninvited” and she had now become suspicious of everyone.
“We are worried every time we leave the weekender that when we come back the next time we will find it’s been broken into again,” she said.
"We really feel for our neighbours who must feel a sense of violation too, and are probably constantly wondering when it will happen to them.”
The woman said she wanted anyone who knew anything about the crimes to contact police.
"They may have heard something that at the time they didn't realise was part of this crime, like possibly seeing a vehicle with our possessions on it travelling from Euchareena, or seeing them in someone’s garage or back yard,” she said.
The woman believes the thieves aren’t an organised gang but rather “some lowlife scumbag who just wants to make a quick buck or feed their drug habit”.
“We just want them caught,” she said.
The thefts occurred in January and March last year and August 20 this year.