What is phrogging and prevention

What is Phrogging & How To Prevent It

With the rise of homelessness, phrogging has been on the rise. Common signs include finding your things out of place or food missing. Maybe you’ve heard creaking in the attic and you thought it was just some animals, or even a ghost, but what if it was phrogger?

What Is Phrogging?

Phrogging is when someone secretly lives in a house or business while it’s being occupied. It’s typically found more in colder climates where the homeless population may try to escape the cold by living in someone’s attic, garage, or shed.

People who engage in phrogging have said that they try to be respectful and treat the people who live there more like roommates than people they’re hiding from. They typically try not to break or steal things so they can remain unnoticed but they have been known to steal food or take showers.

Why is it Called Phrogging?

The word is pronounced “frogging” and gets its name because “phrogs”, the people who engage in this activity, tend to “hop” from house to house, as a frog might do from lily pad to lily pad.

Phrogging vs Squatting

Phrogging and squatting are similar because they both deal with people living in a property they don’t own. The difference depends on if the property is occupied or not. If someone is staying in an unoccupied property, it’s squatting. If someone is staying in an occupied property, it’s phrogging.

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Is Phrogging Real?

Yes, phrogging is real. Although some people might be skeptical due to movies like “Parasite”, it does happen in real life. Most commonly, phroggers will live in an attic that can be accessed from outside, a garage, or in an outdoor shed that rarely gets used.

Phrogging Cases & Examples

  • In 2008, a family discovered a man, Stanley Carter, living in the attic of their Pennsylvania duplex. He was there a week and was not a good guest: He stole food, money, and an iPod. When he was discovered, he was also wearing some of the family’s clothes. (ABC News)
  • Also in 2008, a woman named Hiroki Itakura lived in a Japanese man’s home for a year. She was lived there totally undetected until the homeowner noticed that food was missing and installed security cameras to see where it was going. (Metro UK)
  • In 2012, Tracy, a South Carolina woman, reported her ex-boyfriend lived in her attic after he was released from jail more than 12 years after they broke up. When Tracy’s sons discovered the man, he fled before the police could apprehend him. (Huffington Post)

Is Phrogging Legal?

Phrogging is illegal but it may not be a criminal offense. It’s usually charged under trespassing or breaking and entering. Additional charges may be filled if damage occurs, they’re caught stealing, or engage in violence when they are caught.

How to Prevent Phrogging

Security cameras are the best way to prevent phrogging, especially if they’re somewhere visible. Also make sure to lock down any unused windows or doors, especially on your garage and sheds. Install some motion-sensing lights, and regularly walk your property looking for any unusual activity.

Signs of Phrogging

Some common signs of phrogging include missing food, damaged doors or windows, and unexplained noises. Some less common signs are missing clothes, footprints, and finding garbage in an unused area of the property.

People have also been known to take showers while the house is empty so you might want to keep an eye on that too!

What To Do If You Find Someone Phrogging

If you find someone phrogging or suspect someone is in your house, the best thing you can do is call the police immediately and follow the instructions of the emergency operator. You will want to get out of the house while making as little noise as possible.

If you are unsure and you don’t have any evidence, make sure all of your entrances are locked up tight and put up some security cameras, motion sensors, and I would get a weapon for self-defense.

Now that you know what phrogging is, how to prevent phroggers, and what to do if you find someone in your house, be sure to share this article and you just might save someone from a terrible situation.

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