This is the terrifying moment a group of axe-wielding burglars smashed down the front door of a family’s home and broke in.
Luckily the homeowners were out at the time, but they were forced to watch helplessly as the burglary was brodcast on a live feed from their home security cameras.
In the footage – which recorded the sound from the owner’s mobile phone as he watched the break-in – the victim is heard shouting: ‘They’re in the house. Phone the police, we’re being burgled.’
The owners have not been identified but their son-in-law posted the security video on Facebook to appeal for help in catching the ‘absolute scum’ responsible for the break-in in Bexley, south London.
‘Any info please get back to me. Luckily no-one was home,’ he wrote.
The victims are a married couple in their fifties who were out at a family dinner nearby when it happened, MailOnline reports.
Their daughter, 31, told the site: ‘We were just walking out of the restaurant when we saw the doorbell flash up on our phones.
‘When we realised what was happening my dad shouted “they’re in the house, call the police”.
‘We called some of the neighbours and one stood at the edge of the driveway.
‘They legged it and when they saw him they were throwing things at him from the car, saying they were going to come back and kill him – it must have been terrifying.
‘We feel thankful we weren’t there at the time, because they had other weapons and they obviously would have broken in anyway – even if we were there.
She said the incident has made the family feel ‘unsafe in their own home’.
The men ransacked every room in the five bedroom house, leaving furniture and doors broken, the daughter said.
The family are yet to file their insurance claims so do not yet know how much the damage will cost.
The daughter said the family’s main worry was for the safety of their dog who was in the house during the break-in.
She said the men had an axe and other weapons and were terrified they would have attacked the pet ‘to shut him up’ if he barked.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 21:21hrs on Wednesday, 29 August, to reports of a burglary in progress at a residential address in Bexley.
‘The victim called police after he was alerted to the burglary via his home security system.
‘Officers attended within five minutes of the call, but the suspects had left the premises.
‘The suspects, who had their faces covered, gained entry by forcing open the front door.
‘Cash and jewellery were reported stolen. The four suspects made-off in an awaiting car, which was possibly silver in colour.
‘No arrests have been made. Enquiries continue.’
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD7324/29AUG or Tweet @MetCC. Information can also be reported to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.