Creeper burglars strike at 84-year-old woman's home in Meadow Road, Neath
CREEPER burglars have ransacked an 84-year-old Neath woman's home.
She only realised money had been taken when she went upstairs to find the bedroom window open and belongings strewn across the floor.
Police have condemned the incident as despicable and cowardly.
They said it was lucky the woman did not disturb the culprits, otherwise there could have been "very serious" consequences.
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Extra patrols are now being put on in Meadow Road, Melin, to reassure residents.
The woman's home was broken into sometime between 6pm on Monday and 12.15am yesterday.
While she was in a ground floor room, the intruders used a ladder to reach a first-floor bedroom window, forcing it open to get inside the house.
Acting Detective Inspector Ricky Price said: "The woman did not hear or see anything.
"She went upstairs, realised the window was open and then saw articles strewn around the bedroom floor.
"A quantity of cash was later discovered missing.
"It was very fortunate that this elderly lady did not confront the intruders as the consequences could have been serious."
Mr Price said the victim was physically unhurt but very upset and distressed.
"To prey on the elderly and vulnerable in their own homes is cowardly and despicable act, and these individuals must be caught before they strike again," he added.
"I am appealing to residents of Meadow Road and surrounding area, if they saw anything suspicious at the relevant time to come forward."
Neath sector inspector Huw Griffiths described it as a very concerning incident.
"Extra resources will be drafted into that area. There will be additional patrols in order to reassure the public," he said.
"We are providing the victim with crime prevention advice."
Age Concern Neath Port Talbot chief officer Dean Richards said: "It is deeply saddening to hear this has taken place in the local area.
"We hope local residents will take comfort from the police investigation into this matter.
"But we would ask them to look again at simple safety measures such as using a door chain or having adequate locks fitted on doors and windows to give them an edge against burglars and bogus callers.
"Although it is not certain older people are more likely to be victims of burglary than other age groups, the sheer fear of this type of crime can seriously affect their quality of life.
"This type of burglary is a heartless crime which can be a very traumatic experience and have a devastating impact on older people, both emotionally and financially."