A Thirroul family whose home was ransacked by armed intruders is refusing to cooperate with police.
A 47-year-old woman, 45-year-old man and 10-year-old boy were inside their Princes Highway home when two men wearing gloves and balaclavas forced entry about 5.30am Tuesday.
Police believe the men were armed with handguns when they made demands of the residents.
The woman and child escaped through a window to a neighbouring home and the man barricaded himself inside a room while the house was ransacked of valuables.
Wollongong Local Area Command's Detective Inspector Brad Ainsworth said police believed the house was deliberately targeted.
"We want to stress that this was not a random attack," he said.
"The occupants aren't assisting police with our inquiries. It's very disappointing. They've got a young child in there and they don't want to assist.
"He (the boy) wasn't physically hurt but he was obviously very upset and emotional, crying."
Police believe the armed men fled from the property in a silver-coloured sedan.
Police established a crime scene at the home, later Tuesday morning.
Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.