You have probably heard of the monster under the bed, especially when you are a kid. But this story is one that adult nightmares are made of…and in this case, the monster under the bed definitely exists.

A man broke into the New Jersey home of Margaret Adamcewicz and hid under a bed in the spare room for about five days before he was caught and arrested. This man, Jason Hubbard, had dated Margaret’s daughter in the past. The relationship didn’t end well.

Hubbard made his way into the home when one of the people who lived there left the door open as they took out the garbage. He then slithered upstairs to the spare room and slipped under the bed where he stayed for several days without anyone noticing. He was even able to keep his cell phone charged by using a nearby outlet.

A few days after Hubbard broke in, Adamcewicz’ husband heard a strange noise coming from the spare room. He went in to investigate, and when he looked under the bed, he found Hubbard. Adamcewicz’ adult son kept Hubbard restrained until the cops came.

Ultimately, Hubbard was charged with burglary and stealing electricity.

So, the big question is this: how can something like this be prevented? How can you keep someone from sneaking into your home and moving under your bed? It’s the same way that you can stop someone from breaking in and stealing valuables or kidnapping your child.

Here’s some things that you should do to beef up your Home Security:

• Keep your doors locked all of the time. If you cannot keep an eye on the door when you leave, say to take out the trash or get the mail, then lock the door up…yes, even if you will be back in a matter of seconds.

• Consider some type of “door reinforcement technology” or a device that can help prevent the door from getting kicked in.

• Don’t leave a note on the door that says you are not home.

• Keep your windows locked, especially overnight and when you are gone, and if you have a sliding door, use a bar or another device to place in the track to prevent them from being opened by an intruder.

• Keep curtains and shades drawn and closed as much as you can so no one can see inside.

• Before you leave the house, even for a short time, turn the ringer of your home phone ringer to mute so an intruder won’t hear your phone ringing and ringing.

ROBERT SICILIANO CSP, is a #1 Best Selling author, CEO, home security expert for, and the architect of the CSI Protection certification; a Cyber Social and Identity and Personal Protection security awareness training program.

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