Remember that scary movie in which the psycho phones the babysitter and says, "Did you check the children?" He was actually in the house and murdered them. Yikes, well that's just a movie. But sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
As long as people leave doors unlocked, any whack job can saunter into their house. So if this happens to you while you're putting your kids to bed, like it recently did to a Denver woman, don't be surprised.
In her case, though, the man didn't harm anyone, though he still rents a room for free inside the mother's mind. Yikes again.
One day the woman found a selfie on her cellphone: a pic of a man she'd never seen before, taken inside her house. Though he stole nothing and though she didn't even know he'd ventured through her unlocked door till the day after, she remains traumatized.
"And he looks familiar to me; everybody else says they didn't see him but he looks familiar to me; I know I've seen him before," said neighbor Richard Gardner.
Police say the stranger simply entered through the back door, took the selfie and left. Nobody knows who the man is, but Gardner says, "He doesn't have glasses when you normally see him walking down the street. Maybe they're a disguise. I don't know."How to Stay Safe in Your House
- If you hear someone breaking in, call out to an imaginary companion if you're alone, "Hey Scott (or some other man's name), can you see who that is?"
- Call 9-1-1, then leave, or if you can, reverse this order.
- Maintain a visible perimeter to your home so neighbors can detect suspicious people near it.
- Get a home security system, then post their decals on front and back entrances and their signs in your yard.
- Close all windows when you leave, even on a hot day.
- Get a neighborhood watch going.