So if your family goes to bed, and a sociopath walks in at 4:30 in the morning (because you left a door unlocked!), and grabs your child while you’re asleep …you’d better hope your guardian angel is on steroids.

2BAn Associated Press article reports that a Utah man managed to rescue his 5-year-old daughter as an intruder was carrying her across the lawn after kidnapping her at 4:30 am.

The parents left a door unlocked! The father never heard screams, but was a light enough sleeper that he heard the front door opening, then heard the child talking.

The time lapse between when the front door opened and when the father caught the intruder outside is not clear. But there was enough time for the sociopath to get into the girl’s basement bedroom, pick her up, exit the house, and make it partway across the front lawn before dad came out and demanded he hand her over to him. The intruder did so, then fled. If dad had been a few seconds delayed…this could have been another “missing child’s body found” story.

The intruder is Troy Morley, 48. He was stupid enough to break into another house shortly after this incident, just a few blocks away, entering through a doggie door. Good thing he wasn’t bright enough to figure that a doggie door means a dog lives there and will start bark its head off at his presence.

And yes, that’s how the house’s owner knew he was there; the dogs barked. By this time, police were already nearby searching for the scumbag, and a police dog bit him in the shoulder after the house’s occupants called out for help.

Police said that the attempted abduction was random and still don’t know if Morley knew ahead of time a little girl lived there, or if he decided to kidnap her on a whim upon discovering her bedroom while looking for things to steal.

Though one account says that the little girl was “talking,” a neighbor says that her younger sibling heard screams. The girl’s family is keeping a low profile and trying to get on with their life as normally as possible. No doubt, the parents will never go to bed with an unlocked door ever again.

It took this incident to inspire a couple down the street to consider a home security system. April Parry has three kids and says in the AP article, “That is your biggest fear as a parent.” But don’t wait till someone tries to abduct a child down the street to get an alarm system! Get one NOW. Sociopaths aren’t waiting for you to get smart.

Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to BestHomeSecurityCompanys.com discussing burglar proofing your home on Fox Boston. Disclosures.

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