IT WAS about 3am when Patricia Waine was woken by the sound of her little fox terrier, Emmy, growling.
The air-conditioning was on and the bedroom door locked.
Had it not been for Emmy's early warning, Ms Waine is certain the teenagers who had broken into her home would have got away with more than just an iPad and laptop.
Ms Waine wasn't sure if anyone was actually inside her home, so looked through the window and said she saw four young men walking out of her driveway.
She yelled at them to get off her property and, as they ran off, she saw three more join them from the back of her house.
That's when she realised they had been inside the house, taking off with her iPad and laptop and rifling through several cupboards before being disturbed.
"(I was) shocked and horrified to see they'd been in my house," Ms Waine said.
The Rockhampton grandmother believes they entered through a bathroom window she had forgotten to lock.
She wrote to The Bulletin about the ordeal, saying she phoned the police from inside her locked room.
"The police told me they are well known to them," she wrote.
"Not only do (the offenders) cause great stress and fear to the victims, but a mess is created by the forensic team while looking for fingerprints. I know it is their job and I appreciate the police assistance. They were very considerate and helpful and have a very stressful job to do."
Ms Waine said the break-in was most likely opportunistic.
She said more needed to be done to stop teens getting to the point where they were breaking into people's houses and stealing.
"What concerns me is that these teenage people are out and about and their parents don't know or don't care," she said.