AT 4.30am yesterday morning the front sensor light went on at the front of my Grafton home and at the same time the dog next door started barking.
After a dig in the ribs from my wife I was out the front door with spotlight in hand looking for anyone who may be prowling outside.
Fortunately all was quiet, so I relocked the front door and walked back inside.
It made me think for a moment about this paper's strong stance on warning the local community that we may have a sexual predator walking our streets in the early hours.
I didn't want to have that thought racing through my mind as I marched outside with just a spotlight in hand.
I thought to myself have we been overplaying our hand?
Before I went back to bed I looked in on my daughter. I then realised that this paper could never be accused of over dramatising the issue if it meant that we had stopped just one attack on an innocent child.
It's a difficult time for all parents in Grafton at the moment as we are all called on to be extra vigilant. We all want to believe that we live in a wonderful society where we can rest easy and not be concerned about our safety.
In a small town such as Grafton that is how it should be.
The police are working hard on this case and it's imperative that we as a community remain vigilant.
Rest assured this person will be caught. It's not a case of if; it's a simple matter of when.
For everyone's sake let's hope it's very soon.
The police are working hard on this case.