Police officers were called to a house in Sheffield after the owner discovered that efforts had been made to force open the door to get inside.
The attempted raid on Violet Bank Road, Nether Edge, happened between Tuesday, January 13 and Tuesday, January 20.
The culprit did not manage to get into the property.
Officers in the city are also investigating a burglary on Whinacre Walk, Batemoor, overnight on Tuesday, January 20.
It is believed the patio doors may have been unlocked.