A 68-YEAR-OLD woman managed to fend off a would-be burglar after she caught him red-handed in her home.
The crook escaped empty-handed from the property, in Moira Road, Woodville, in the middle of the night, following the brave confrontation.
The man broke in to the house at 2am on Sunday while the woman, who has not been named, was asleep upstairs.
The burglar had crept in through an unlocked door before switching on the light which was what alerted the elderly woman.
After hearing the beeping of the light, the woman woke up and, seeing the landing light was on, made her way downstairs.
As she reached the bottom, a man grabbed her arm and a scuffle broke out between them before the man fled without stealing anything.
A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: “The incident happened at 2am on Sunday.
“The woman was in the bedroom, upstairs when she heard a beeping noise which woke her up.
“She saw the landing light was on and went downstairs to investigate.
“She saw the burglar who grabbed her on her arm. He asked her a question which she cannot remember but then she shouted at him to get out of her house.
“He then pushed her and ran off.”
The man is described as being of slight build, is approximately 5ft 8ins tall, with tanned/olive skin and he spoke with a foreign accent.
The incident comes at a time when the force is looking to crackdown on distraction burglaries, following a number of incidents in the county.
Officers have decided to issue some crime prevention advice to those who think they could be at risk, which includes:
• Considering installing a door chain and making sure homes are secure;
• Not opening doors to anyone who calls without warning, no matter what excuses they give. Genuine callers will not call unannounced – they will arrange an appointment or give written notice about work taking place;
• Checking the identification of any callers and, if they claim to represent a company or utility, call the firm and check they have cold callers in the area;
• People should not be tempted to leave their house with a caller, even if it is just for a minute and only into the garden;
• If a cold caller is persistent or makes people feel concerned or uncomfortable, they should call the police.
Anyone with information about the distraction burglary can call police on 101.