REBECCA Carr opened the door to her home with a feeling she wasn't alone in the house.
She sat in the kitchen unaware brazen burglars were upstairs trashing her room.
She said she felt violated that all of her drawers had been rummaged through, and now would not go upstairs unless her partner was home.
"The back door was also open and I heard the window blinds banging, but I told myself to stop over-thinking it," she said.
"But when I was in the kitchen I heard the front door slam. I went outside and nobody was there.
"I got to the car. I saw the window was down and someone had gone through my purse.
"My cards had been thrown everywhere. Some were in the car, some in the garden and about $100 gone."
Upstairs was trashed with mattresses flung off the beds, empty open drawers and clothes on the floor.
"They didn't take any of our iPad and laptops. They only took money and alcohol," she said.
"They even took a bottle of Johnnie Black out of a box and sat the box back exactly where it was but then trashed all of upstairs."
She now locks everything and closes the blinds and windows.
A Gladstone Police spokesman said it was "better to be safe and secure in order to keep your possessions safe".
"The investigation is still ongoing with our property team."
8 tips to secure your home
- Prune your shrubs
- Draw the blinds
- Don't advertise new purchases
- Get motion sensors
- Set timers indoors
- Reinforce entry points
- Shield windows near doors
- Install deadbolts