I can vividly remember coming home with my parents one night from a family outing. We had just pulled up to our house and I noticed that our neighbors were pulling up to their house at the same time. We walked inside our home and a few short minutes later our neighbors were pounding on our doors while on the phone with the police. We rushed to the door to talk to them, only to find out that their home had just been robbed. Everything was thrown about the house and stuff was smashed and broken all over. All of their jewelry was stolen and many of their valuables around the home were missing. The burglars must have just left before we got home because their little fluffy white dog was terrified and hiding under their table when they walked in. The police quickly arrived and did their investigation. They never got anywhere with the case and the robbers were never caught. None of their belongings surfaced either. It was absolutely heartbreaking for them to go through and they didn’t feel safe in their own home for a long time. This is a very real fear for a lot of people. With 2,000,000 home robberies taking place each year in the United States, it is easy to understand why. Well that was about to be the case for this couple living in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Three men entered the home of Driekie Croucamp, where her and her boyfriend were sleeping. A noise coming from the kitchen ended up waking Driekie up. She thought it was just her boyfriend, Craven Coetzee, making a late night snack. That’s when she saw a man coming at her with a kitchen knife. Luckily she was prepared and stayed calm. What happened next is truly a nightmare for anyone to experience.
The couple had some security cameras as well as an alarm in their home. The security cameras were running and captured everything. The alarm system however, was disconnected during the time of the robbery.
The three men sneak about the house and scope out their situation. They head to the kitchen to grab some knives as well as supplies to tie up any potential victims residing in the home.
One of the burglars starts heading towards the bedroom being as cautious and quiet as he can. He had already found Driekie’s purse in the living room and wanted more.
He calls his buddies over to investigate with him, which wakes up the homeowner. They start walking towards her room when they were caught off guard by her extreme actions.
She kept a pistol next to her at night and this night it came in handy. One robber lunged at her while holding one of her own kitchen knives. She reacted calmly and quickly when this happened. She started shooting at the robbers who immediately fled.
Her boyfriend heard the first gunshot and immediately jumped out of bed with his pistol in hand. He sleeps in a separate room because he takes phone calls at all hours of the night for his job. He was a little groggy from being in a deep sleep but he made it down the stairs to investigate the commotion and assist his girlfriend.
Just before he made it downstairs, his girlfriend had fired another shot at the burglars. By this time, they had all fled out of the window and into the night.
Her boyfriend did a quick sweep of the home to look for any other intruders. He saw that the home was clear so he turned off the lights to the house. He didn’t want the burglars to see him if they were still close by and outside. They immediately dialed the police and hit the panic button on their alarm. The police came and did a quick investigation. The burglars did get away with her purse and nobody was injured. They will be charged with attempted robbery and attempted murder if they are caught.
Check out the intense robbery caught on camera in the video below.
How terrifying would that be to encounter? I’m amazed that she stayed so calm. I have some gun training and go shooting pretty often where I live. I honestly can’t say I would be so calm in this type of situation. My hat goes of to her and her ability to keep calm under pressure, and to be able to handle the situation accordingly. I’ll bet that their alarm system will be on and functioning from now on, no matter what. After the robbers fled, her boyfriend took an assessment of the situation and acted responsibly to their environment. He checked the house for any other intruders and turned the lights off. They waited in a safe place for police to arrive. They may want to invest in a dog as well because those cats kind of just bailed on the situation. I’ve seen cats attack kids while walking by bushes. I thought most cats were fearless. I think these cats knew that mom had the situation handled and it would be best to just step back.