Residents at a house in Maldon have been threatened with a hammer during a break in.
They were woken in the early hours of yesterday by three men who burst into the home on Quest Place.
A man and woman and their son weren’t injured but were left shaken and nothing was taken.
The suspects wore balaclavas and gloves.
One wore a red jumper with black on the sleeves and black trousers. He was about 5ft 9ins tall and of medium build.
Another was shorter and wore a dark coloured hooded top.
Witnesses and anyone with information is asked to contact Chelmsford CID on 101 quoting reference 42/116028/18.
Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org