The lady has been victimized twice - once by the perps and then by the police. See a Ka-ching in her future.
She has made one big mistake IMO though - loose lips and all that:
"She’s afraid the thefts might go from small things like bicycles and skateboards to bigger things like four wheelers and jet skis. She says “If you come in my house, I’m not calling the police, I’m going to kill you”, and if the police in Iredell county are more concerned with arresting gun owners than vandals and thieves, then let’s not be surprised if that’s exactly what ends up happening.
Please mam, learn to say that you'll do all in your legal power to STOP them.