Western Australia's minister for prisons has had his own brush with Perth's criminal underbelly, after an intruder broke into his home and stole his wallet, credit cards and keys to two cars.
Joe Francis has been a tough talking minister since taking over the Corrective Services portfolio, following the March state election.
But his personal security will now be re-assessed after the burglary at his Atwell home.
Mr Francis confirmed he triggered a personal duress alarm when he disturbed the burglar around 1.10am (WST) on Thursday, prompting a police helicopter and a number of police cars to attend the scene.
"You don't know if they are armed. You don't what they want. You don't know if it is someone with a grudge against you," Mr Francis told Fairfax radio.
"But I just feel for elderly people that this happens to, and young women with kids; it is (a) very daunting experience."
Mr Francis said his two dogs were alerted to the intruder's presence and became very aggressive.
"I have got two very big German Shepherds ... and this guy is pretty lucky, because he was a few seconds from being made into dog food," Mr Francis said.
An image of the intruder was captured by security cameras, showing a bearded man wearing a light hoodie, a baseball cap and carrying his shoes.
WA police say they are set to release footage of the break-in.
"I am not an expert, but it looks like he has done this before and you don't know who his next target is," Mr Francis said.
"Hopefully, someone out there will recognise this scumbag."