There were calls for more police on the streets of south Belfast today after thieves targeted the home of a woman in her 80s.
The woman was left shocked after she was restrained by one of the gang who forced their way into her home at Lille Park in the Finaghy area of the city yesterday afternoon.
A man dressed in a high visibility vest forced his way into the home of the woman and restrained her while searching a number of rooms in the house.
Two other men entered the property during the incident. The group escaped with a purse containing a sum of cash and a set of car keys.
The woman was shaken but not hurt during the burglary, a PSNI spokesman said.
Lord Mayor of Belfast Jim Rodgers today condemned those responsible for the incident and called for more police patrols in south Belfast.
"This is not a criticism of the police who are having their numbers cut but something needs to be done to tackle this problem," he said. " This is an area which has had a lot of problems with regards to crime of this kind. The people who did this are thugs, they are evil and they need to be apprehended. I have no doubt they have carried out something similar before.
"Before an arrest can happen the police need evidence and for this to happen we need people to speak to the police. I have spoke to pensioners who have experienced something similar to this lady and they have all told me their lives have never been the same again. "This all comes back to the number of police on the streets. We need more police on the ground."
The man wearing the high visibility vest during the burglary was about 40-years-old, large build and spoke with a southern accent.