AN appeal has been made after thieves wearing high-visibility clothing smashed through a patio door at a Prestwich home.

Three men smashed through the glass of a patio door at a property in Simister Lane this afternoon.

They made their getaway in a white transit van after being disturbed by a neighbour.

Police have urged residents to ensure their homes are secure.

Officers were called to a burglary in Simister Lane at about 12.15pm today.

Greater Manchester Police's Bury South team posted on Facebook about the incident: "Three men wearing high vis smashed the glass of a patio door, gained entry but quickly made off in a white transit van after being spooked by a neighbour.

"Please secure your homes, including side gates, use alarms and CCTV if possible."

To report non-urgent crime, call police on 101 or contact them via the live chat function on the Greater Manchester Police website.