Police have issued an e-fit of a man wanted for an attempted burglary.
The man was confronted by a resident at the home in Sussex Road, Colchester as he tried to open a dining room window at the rear of the house at around 1.10pm on Friday January 17.
He then ran off.
He is described as a white man, aged 50 to 60, and 5ft 10in tall and wearing a grey flat cap over greying hair with a grey anorak.
The man was also carrying a white carrier bag and had on gloves.
Anyone who recognises the man in the image is asked to call PC Chris Leslie at Colchester CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.