Grandma threatened and scared
A GRANDMOTHER who lives alone in a small unit in North Mackay feels like she lives in a jail.
Marshelle Parker, 56, says she's too scared to leave the house because of youths targeting her.
Her side yard acts as a public walkway to a main road, usually between 9.30pm and 4.30am and, as they pass by, she says the youths are disturbing the neighbourhood.
Slamming the gate, kicking and shaking her security screens on doors and windows, turning her power off, cutting her security lights, smashing light bulbs, pulling palings off the fence, breaking ceramic pots, stealing plants, gnomes and solar lights, making sex noises, yelling out if anyone is home - these are just some of her concerns.
She's put rubber on the gate to stop it slamming, put cactus along the back fence to stop them, hired security cameras and bought five dash cams to install around the house, providing the footage to the police.
But she says the terrorising hasn't stopped.
"I'd say I've reported it about 60 times, if not more," she said.
"I want to know who is doing it and why. They're young, I'd say they would be males in their late-teens by the voices."
Ms Parker says when she investigates noises, the youths are gone by the time she gets up.
"I can't just get straight up out of bed because of my vertigo and back injury, I have to have medication before I get up or I will fall to the floor," she said.
"I'm a prisoner in my own home for something I don't know what I've done.
"I wave to everyone I see and all I'm getting in return is this ongoing harassment."
Ms Parker said the harassment had been going on for years, but had ramped up within the last nine months.
"Please just leave me alone, that's all I'm asking," she said.
"My yard is not your laneway, it is my home."