A FAMILY left badly shaken after thieves attempted to break into their Matlock home are warning others to be vigilant.
Marie Taylor, her husband and their two young children are angry and upset that callous crooks targeted their Overdale home on the Hurst Farm estate.
The thieves tried to prise open their back door and back-garden shed while the whole family had been out in the town centre enjoying the Victorian Weekend.
Without gaining entry, the culprits then vindictively stole a mountain bike parked outside the back door belonging to one of the children, vandalised it and dumped it near a bus stop just yards from the house.
The handlebars had been twisted, the brakes had been snapped and the gears were broken.
Mrs Taylor, who is disabled, said: “They did not get in, but it’s really worrying. We live on a cul-de-sac so there’s no reason for anyone to come down here unless they live here.
“I’m angry about the bike and my daughter was really upset, it’s beyond repair, but I’m really worried about the break-in.
“They have left damage and mental torture on myself and my family.
“I think people in the area need to know about this and there has been an attempted break-in.”
Despite the scare, she praised the police for their work.
Forensic workers came to the house to examine the damaged doors, while the police have kept the family updated.
“They have been brilliant, I can’t fault them,” Mrs Taylor added.
“The forensics were here and the police officer has been out to see us three of four times taking statements and checking if everything is okay.”
Police have confirmed they are looking into the incident, and have carried out door to door interviews in the immediate area.
Insp Bryan Hall said: “Since April 1, only two bicycle thefts have been reported to us in the town.
“However, there are precautions people can take to make sure they don’t become a victim.
“We are investigating the attempted burglary and bicycle theft at Overdale and would appeal for anyone with information to come forward.”