The Home Secretary has claimed she was threatened with a knife by an armed thug on her own doorstep.
Priti Patel said the man pulled out his blade when she asked a group of young people smoking on her garden wall to move so she could enter her home.
The alleged incident happened 10 years ago before she became an MP.
She managed to escape any injury by using her rucksack as a shield before fleeing into her home in Witham, Essex, where she called the police.
The 47-year-old, who is now guarded around the clock due to her position, told the Sun on Sunday : “As in many other cases, the incident outside my house a was drug-related.
“It was a truly shocking experience but one which I know many other people have had to face, sometimes with a less fortunate outcome.
“Violent crime concerns us all. It invades communities and homes.
“It can break neighbourhoods and it has such a long-standing, chilling impact and effect.”
She was visited by police officers who informed her there was nothing they could do but she claimed they asked her if she would think about moving home to avoid further incidents.
It comes as she revealed her plans to enforce tougher jail terms, give police officers greater powers and roll out an extra 10,000 Tasers to tackle violent crime on the country’s streets.
Ms Patel also wants to turn the National Crime Agency into a UK version of the FBI.
Knife crime is at an all time high in England and Wales with more than 43,500 in the last year.
“This is a government that is going to play its part in the fight against crime. And we do that by strengthening and empowering the police,” she said.
“Previous Home Secretaries, it is fair to say, have had a somewhat confrontational and difficult relationship with our law enforcement officers. I am changing that and did so on my second day when we made a very significant announcement of recruiting 20,000 police officers.
“We are doing something we have not done since the days of Margaret Thatcher, which is investing in our police.
“I want every police officer to know that we are not just going to give them resources but give them protection and the knowledge that I will stand by them.”
An increase in stop and search powers has been a success as young people have been found carrying knives or drugs when they should be at school, Ms Patel said.
“This is why we are resourcing, equipping and empowering our police officers.
“I pay tribute to them because they put their lives on the line every single day.
“That is why I intend to make sure their backs are always watched and that law and order will always be my priority.”
She also vowed not to decriminalise drugs saying to do so would be ‘unacceptable’.