Burglars forced a frightened woman to flee from her home in the Bilton-in-Ainsty area.
The woman was upstairs when she heard the intruders knocking on the door before smashing a window.
The frightened woman ran outside to get help.
A person was seen running from the victims home before getting into a small, white van seen driving off in the direction of Wighill.
It was later discovered that the house next door on Rudgate had been burgled and high-value jewellery was stolen.
Police are appealing for information and warning people to be on their guard and report any suspicious vehicles or people in their neighbourhood.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Harrogate CID. Or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.