An Ellenbrook resident says she is now too scared to live in her home as children as young as five run amok in the suburb.
Amanda, who did not want her surname used, said after months of threats, break-in attempts and vandalism, she was forced to move out but continue to pay her mortgage.
“It is a big nightmare,” Amanda said. “I have had to move into a rental and I can’t actually live in my own house. I don’t see myself going back there anytime soon unless something is done.
“Obviously when I catch them I tell them off and they just curse at me and laugh. These kids are not scared at all.
“I caught them on a fence with knives and as soon as I stopped rolling the camera, they said they were going to kill me.
“It was scary and I got to the point where I didn’t feel safe.”
Ellenbrook residents say a nine-year-old boy who has been terrorising families in the area is not the only youth running amok in the suburb with up to a dozen children living at two homes also responsible for alleged vandalism, burglaries and death threats.
Two police officers spent hours standing guard outside the boy’s Ellenbrook home on Tuesday night after he allegedly went on a rampage, threatening nearby residents and his grandmother.
Fellow Ellenbrook resident Tayla, who did not want her last name used, said a gang of teenagers had ransacked her mother’s house while she was away at work last month.
She said the group had smashed a front window and spent about two hours inside the property before making off with electrical items, an iPad and jewellery.
“They smashed the front window and just let themselves in,” she said. “They have no fear.
“They’re too young, the police won’t do anything about it.
“I’ve heard of four or five other incidents where these kids have just been running riot, taking people’s things, vandalising or threatening.
“I’m definitely afraid, afraid to leave the house and afraid to be in the house.”
The boy is too young to face charges over crimes but Commissioner Chris Dawson said police were working closely with other agencies and the family to try to help the boy and stop the offences.
In a statement to 7 News, the Department of Housing says “as in all complex situations, there is no one single solution”.