A would-be thief pushed his way into a 77-year-old woman's home as he tried to steal her property.
The attempted burglary happened in Lansdowne Road in Hartlepool yesterday at 5:30pm.
Police say the victim heard a knock at the door and when she answered, a man forced his way inside and tried to steal items.
The victim managed to bang on the walls of the house to alert the neighbours and the suspect made off from the scene and headed towards Elwick Road.
The suspect is described as white, 5 ft 7in tall, of slim build and he was wearing dark clothing.
The victim was uninjured.
Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact PC Mick Matthews from Hartlepool Volume Crime Team on the non-emergency number 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.