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Age 10 Girl Fears for Life as Robber Breaks Glass to Enter Home While She's There Alone

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There is always a fear that something could happen to our kids when we leave them home alone. Often, we come home and they are playing games or watching TV, but there are some rare moments where our worst fears come true.

For 10-year-old Kate Luong, she was always scared of being alone in her home in Melbourne, Australia.

She was home alone for 30 minutes as her family went to grab dinner for the night. But in that short amount of time, she experienced something no child should have to go through.

She heard a noise outside the house and soon discovered that there was a man in the backyard. “I looked through the curtain and saw someone so I locked the door, grabbed my phone and hid in the closet,” Kate told 9NEWS.



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She heard the man break the glass door and enter the house, and she called Australia’s emergency service number, 000, as she hid from danger.

She calmly told the operator, “They are in the house, they broke the glass door.”

As Kate was on the phone, she explained that she was home alone and was locked in a closet.

“I’m in the house. I’m in the room near the backyard. I locked myself in and I’m inside a closet,” she explained.

She also described the man, saying he was in his 30s to 40s and was wearing a black jacket and gloves.

“The police have been notified,” said the operator. “You’ve done a really good job.”

Kate started to break down and ask for them to come quickly. Thankfully within minutes, the police came and arrested the man, who was carrying a screwdriver and knife, for attempted aggravated burglary.

Kate’s 19-year-old brother, Mike Luong, was very proud of his little sister for her bravery in such a scary time. Detective Senior Constable Steve Woodhouse also expressed pride for Kate’s actions.



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“Calling 000 in an emergency is such an important lesson to teach children,” he said. “It’s a lesson that can never begin too early.”

Thanks to Kate’s family, and her favorite crime shows, Kate was able to act calmly in such a scary situation.

Teaching our kids about emergencies is an important conversation to have. It is never too early to go through the steps of how they should handle certain situations. By helping them prepare for these rare events, our children can end up protecting their own lives and even the lives of others.

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Allison Kofol is an editorial intern for The Western Journal. She is a student at Grove City College and will receive her Bachelor's Degree in Communication next year.
Allison Kofol is an editorial intern for The Western Journal. She is a student at Grove City College and will receive her Bachelor's Degree in Communication next year. In her spare time, she sings, writes music, crochets, and eats Chick-fil-A. She also loves to spend time at a local jail, where she leads Bible studies with incarcerated women.
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