A woman confronted a would-be burglar in her Melton home this morning.
It is understood the front door had been left open inadvertently by the woman's husband who left their Clark Drive home for work at 6.40am.
The thief, who was wearing a black hoodie or coat and black trousers, fled empty-handed when he was challenged by the woman.
Sgt Kev Pulley, of Melton police, said: "It was an opportunist attempt at theft. We would urge people to be mindful of their security at all times.
"Even that time of the morning there are criminals about."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.