There is arguably nothing more terrifying than knowing a stranger is lurking in your home. Or so you thought...? Well, turns out there is - being able to watch them prowl around on the baby monitor located in your child's bedroom.
A couple in New York watched on as footage from the night before showed a burglar had climbed through the fire escape window of their apartment and crept around as their young tot snoozed just feet away.
The man broke into the flat in Riverdale, Bronx, at around 8.10pm on Friday (8 March). He walked around the child's room, right past the cot and even turned the light on to get a better look around the bedroom.
It seemed as though the crook saw the monitor as he looked directly into it, but it's believed that he rushed out of the window after hearing the baby's dad.
A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the man's arrest. Credit: Facebook/NYPD Crimestoppers
According to the New York Post, the parents reported the burglary to police the next day, after spotting him on the baby monitor footage.
A matter of minutes after leaving this apartment, the man then made a second burglary attempt, police have said.
He used another fire escape to make his way into another flat where he forced open the window and made off with a 28-year-old woman's jewellery, backpack and bicycle.
The crook gave up when he heard the tot's father. Credit: Facebook/NYPD Crimestoppers
And this sort of thing doesn't just happen across the pond.
Back in November, a UK dad spoke out about the horrifying moment he watched a burglar crawling around his little boy's room after she was caught on the family's CCTV camera.
Oliver Wallace was out in a pub in London with his brother when he got a notification on his phone telling him there had been movement in his two-year-old son's room back in Surrey.
Initially, Oliver assumed it was the family's pet cat that had set it off, as his wife Sally and son Sam had travelled to Florida earlier that day, leaving the home empty.
But upon checking out what the footage had caught, Oliver was left reeling after seeing a woman crawling around his son's room, before rummaging through a cupboard, while an accomplice stood in the doorway.
Thirty-seven-year-old Oliver said: "To my horror and disbelief, I saw a woman crawling around on my son's floor. I started shouting, 'I can see you.'
"But the signal wasn't working properly, and she didn't seem to hear me. I couldn't believe it. My brother had no idea what was going on."
The thieves got away before police arrived. Credit: SWNS
Oliver called the police but by the time they arrived at the home - 45 minutes later - the crooks had already stolen £10,000 worth of items.
After putting in a call to the cops, Oliver rang himself a cab and began the hour-long journey home - meaning that he also missed the thieves.
Featured Image Credit: Facebook/NYPD Crimestoppers