Wow, it's true: The monster under the bed really does exist!
Recently in New Jersey a man broke into a home and hid under a bed in a spare room for possibly five days before being arrested. Margaret Adamcewicz reportedly stated that the man, Jason Hubbard, had dated her daughter five years ago, and it didn't end well, and he decided to live under her bed.
Hubbard slithered his way into the home when one of its residents left a door open to take out the garbage. He slipped his way upstairs to the spare bedroom and made camp under the bed, even charging several cell phones using an outlet under the bed.
He was discovered when Adamcewicz' husband heard a noise in the room, peeked under the bed and saw the freeloader. An adult son restrained him until the police arrived.
Not only was Hubbard charged with burglary, but he was also charged with stealing electricity.
How can you prevent a person from sneaking into your house and "living" under a bed? The same way you can help prevent someone from breaking in and stealing your valuables or abducting your child:
- Keep doors locked at all times. If you can't keep an eye on the door that you go through to get outside to take out the garbage or collect the mail, then lock it, even though you'll be back in less than a minute.
- Use "door reinforcement technology" (google it) for your door or some other beefed-up device to reinforce door security and prevent kick-throughs.
- Never leave a note on your door that indicates you're not home.
- Keep windows locked, at least overnight and when you're not home, and use a bar or special device that's placed in the track to prevent horizontal-sliding windows from being slid open by intruders.
- Keep your shades and curtains lowered and closed as much as possible so nobody can peer inside.
- Before leaving the house for even short errands, turn the phone's ringer to mute so prowlers don't hear an unanswered phone.