MADISON (WKOW) -- A Madison family spent Friday purchasing flood lights and security cameras after they found an intruder in their kitchen around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
"The darker it is and the quieter it is, the more inviting it is, it seems to be," said the homeowner, who did not want to be identified. "That's what it was for us."
Thursday night he and his wife heard a noise at their home in the 1900 block of La Sierra Way right after they went to bed.
"I knew it was coming from the kitchen, and I heard it sounded like the window was opening," he said.
He walked out into the kitchen and saw a man had climbed in through the window, which had accidentally been left unlocked.
"I yelled, and he turned around immediately and started to run," the homeowner said. "I dove out the window after him."
The homeowner said he chased the intruder from his house to a back fence, where he says footprints still mark the spot where the man changed directions and took off along the fence.
"It was very scary because now my kids and wife are in the house, and what if I did something stupid and there was more than one person in the house."
Thankfully, there wasn't.
His wife called 911 immediately, and officers arrived quickly -- though the man had escaped.
"It was pretty much chaotic," the homeowner said. "My kids were crying. It was very emotional, you know?
The family is thankful everyone was okay -- including their twin toddlers -- and are hoping their story reminds others to keep their houses secure.
"I would definitely be checking all doors and windows every night," the homeowner said. "It sucks, you're tired, you want to go to bed, but... it's real. It's happening everywhere."
Nothing was taken from the home, and Madison Police are still investigating.
The homeowner says because it was dark, he couldn't get a good look at the intruder, either.