This is the chilling moment a suspected burglar was caught flashing his torch while snooping around a pensioner’s home.
In footage recorded on a home security camera, a man in a hoodie can be seen walking around the front of the house, before walking up to the front door.
Christopher John, who posted the video online, told Metro.co.uk that the home belonged to his 76-year-old mum, who lives alone and had luckily installed the CCTV just weeks ago.
Christopher believes the man would have broken into his mother’s home if he hadn’t noticed the camera.
The video shows him stopping dead in his tracks when he realises his crime is being filmed. He then shines his torch light directly at the lens, it is believed he was trying to block the recording.
Christopher said the incident occurred at around 1.30am on Tuesday morning at his mother Catherine’s property in the village of Cadnam, Hampshire.
The former Met Police officer said that thankfully, the pensioner was not at home at the time, but has been left concerned.
‘She was shocked,’ he told Metro.co.uk.
‘She didn’t expect to see anything on the camera, just maybe a cat or the postman but she’s now asking if we need an alarm.
‘It’s upset the neighbour, who owns a B&B, she’s worried about it.’
Catherine was ‘taken aback’ when she saw the footage, after installing the CCTV camera ‘just in case’, he said.
Christopher, of Surrey, said he has not seen anything like this before in the usually quiet, low-crime village.
The copper, who was in the force for 10 years, said: ‘People keep saying, nothing like that happens round here – it’s a very quiet, secure area.
‘But this is what is happening now in home counties, crime is spreading out from the cities because they know there are less police.’
Christopher said he shared the video to raise awareness and claimed the incident couldn’t be logged with the police when he tried to report it online, as there were no damages or thefts.
He added: ‘Attempted crimes are still crimes.
‘We want crimes reported properly so we know how safe the area is.
‘Criminals aren’t getting stopped because there are no police patrolling the area anymore.’
Christopher claimed that local residents have recently noticed an increase in attempted robberies in the countryside town.
He added: ‘There seems to be, at the moment, a team trying burglaries at night, and one trying during the day.’
The retired officer called out the ‘scumbag’ seen outside his mother’s home on social media and said he shared the video to encourage people to install CCTV cameras at their homes to deter burglars.
A Hampshire Constabulary spokesperson said: ‘If anyone has any difficulty reporting crime or suspicious incidents online, they can always call the non-emergency number 101. If a crime is in progress, dial 999.
‘We are aware of a number of reports of non-dwelling burglaries in the Cadnam area on the weekend of March 2 and 3.
‘Officers from our Neighbourhood Policing Team have been carrying out regular patrols and have also issued crime prevention advice to residents.’