One of the most frightening things about living in a big city is the possibility of a break-in. Even if you aren't home when the invasion occurs, the thought of someone going through your things is incredibly unnerving. In order to give themselves peace of mind, many homeowners outfit their domiciles with security cameras. In some instances, those cameras only serve to create terrifying surveillance footage of home break-ins.
There are many cases of CCTV footage leading to arrests, and some of the home intruders caught on camera were apprehended after their videos made it to air. However, there are other intruders who starred in a straight-to-evening-news security video and remained free, even after their faces were burned across regional reports.
Are you worried that people may be breaking into your home at night and eating your food or trying on your clothes? If so, set up a home camera to capture those home invaders and see if your suspicions are correct. As you may soon find out, it's not all that crazy to believe someone might be watching you sleep. And even if this list doesn't inspire you to set up a web of security cameras to monitor unintended guests, you should at least be motivated to start locking your doors and checking under your bed at night for rogue clowns and general creeps.
This Intruder Walked Into A Nursery While Mom And Baby Slept
A man in Layton, UT, broke into a family's home in May 2018. He was caught on a nanny cam. The unidentified man entered the home around 3:40 am, walked past the sleeping baby in the crib, and made his way to the side of the mother's bed. The family had no idea.
"Our sliding door to our bedroom was halfway open," the father told local news station KTSU. He noticed things were out of place the morning after, so he decided to consult the nanny cam. While the police only released a portion of the video, local news station Fox 13 claims the unidentified man exposed himself while standing next to the bed. No one was touched during the act. The mother said she was "terrifie[d]" upon learning about the intruder.
What was even more worrisome to the couple was the fact that there was no sign of forced entry, which led them to believe the man had been watching them for some time and learned their garage code. Authorities speculate the man could possibly be a friend or acquaintance.
This Trespasser Ran Away Once He Saw The Mom Of The House
In June 2007, a man shattered a sliding glass door of a home in Las Vegas, NV, only to run right back out. The intruder smashed the door and promptly headed up the staircase. What he wasn't anticipating, however, was the owner of the house scaring him.
Sharon Montelongo-Navar just got out of the shower when she heard someone in her home. Armed only with a towel, she started screaming at the man. She told local news station KTNV 13 Action: "I said, 'What the hell are you doing? Get out! Get out! Get out!' I just kept yelling it the whole time he was running down the stairs." The man didn't have time to take anything and left empty-handed.
Home Invader Watches Couple Sleep In Their Living Room
In 2016, a Chicago couple fell asleep on the couch in front of their TV. Sometime after, a man broke into their home and watched them sleep before taking the woman's purse. Jack Mackercher and his girlfriend, Jordan Buranskas, got into an argument about the purse the next morning. According to ABC 7, Buranskas said: "We actually got into a little bit of an argument about it. He thought I left it at the restaurant the night before."
When they decided to settle the argument by watching the surveillance footage of the previous day, what they saw startled them. Mackercher reiterated his response to the video:
I'm like, 'Why are you at the top of the stairs wearing a white hoodie before we went to bed?' She's like, 'I wasn't at the top of the stairs.' So that's when you go flush and start to freak out a little bit.
After the intruder made his way through their unlocked door, he stood above them and watched as they slept before making his way back into the night. Others in the Bucktown neighborhood reportedly experienced similar break-ins and have since dubbed the intruder the "Ghost Creeper."
Nanny Cam Catches Every Moment Of A Mother Fighting Off An Intruder
In 2013, one of the most shocking events to be captured on a CCTV occurred in New Jersey, when a burglar entered a house in the middle of the day while a mother and her daughter were watching cartoons on their couch. In the above video, the intruder throws the woman down before hitting her in the face and thrusting her around the room. All of this happens in front of her 3-year-old daughter, while her 18-month-old was asleep upstairs.
Afterward, the man goes upstairs, pillages the house, and comes back downstairs to kick the woman in the face and force her down the basement steps.
The woman described the living nightmare to a local New Jersey news station, News 12: "I knew that if I started screaming, my daughter would, too, and I was afraid she would get hurt. I took it. I didn't cry the entire time." Police later apprehended the intruder, identified as 45-year-old Shawn Custis, who subsequently received life in prison.