How would you deal with a "Peeping Tom"?

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  1. milleramanda53 profile image78
    milleramanda53posted 11 years ago

    How would you deal with a "Peeping Tom"?

  2. Barbara Kay profile image74
    Barbara Kayposted 11 years ago

    Call the police. I'm serious. That is the only way to stop it.

    1. milleramanda53 profile image78
      milleramanda53posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      we did and they were arrested one was released 24 hrs. later and the other is still in jail.

  3. sgbrown profile image93
    sgbrownposted 11 years ago

    We had a  "Peeping Tom" once when we were first married.  We realized he had been "peeping" for quite a while without us knowing it. We actually set him up. My husband waited for him to come to the window and then tried to chase him down.  He managed to run into a house and lock the doors.  We then called the police.  They didn't find him at the time, but he later turned himself in to the police.

  4. galleryofgrace profile image72
    galleryofgraceposted 11 years ago

    A peeping tom should be reported to the authorities as soon as possible. You can help by installing outdoor cameras that focus on the windows. Keep all windows closed at night and make sure they are completely covered.
    For people that use venitian blinds, if you turn the blinds so that the reverse side is facing upward no one can see in the window. Experiment with different settings.,go outside and see if you can see in.
    This problem could be the springboard to the next step in criminal activity.

    1. Jackie Lynnley profile image83
      Jackie Lynnleyposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      This is true, if no one can see in they can't very well peep.

  5. DzyMsLizzy profile image86
    DzyMsLizzyposted 11 years ago

    I depends on 'how' they are peeping.  There was the story of a lady offended by her neighbors sunbathing in the nude, and she called the police.  The officer looked out the window, and said, "I don't see anything."  To which the woman replied, "Well, stand up on that chair over there, and you'll see plenty!"

    So--if someone is going to great lengths to see into your home, yes, they are peeping by design; if it is merely a matter of you forgetting to adjust your window coverings for privacy, they may be simply a one-time opportunist.

    That said, if I ever catch anyone deliberately trying to see in my windows....they won't have to worry about waiting for the cops.......

    1. Denise Handlon profile image84
      Denise Handlonposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      LOVE your story, Liz!  Haha  Oh, and I totally agree with your comment.

  6. nanderson500 profile image81
    nanderson500posted 11 years ago

    Shock them with a tazer and/or call the police.

  7. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image86
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 11 years ago

    Call the police (as has been mentioned), and keep a diary of the dates, times and instances - this could be handy in court.  Maybe stick a mirror in front of the window where he peeps, so he will see his own reflection?  Install motion detectors with flood lights around vulnerable areas.

    Years ago, several of my neighbors and I had a Peeping Tom who also made harassing (and very scary) phone calls. We figured out it was yet another neighbor (even more creepy). We didn't have caller ID back then, and the phone co. was a bit slow to get on it.

    My solution was to forward my calls to Dial-a-Prayer for a few nights.  When someone called, a deep voice would somberly intone, "Let us pray . . ."

    The calls stopped.

    1. kathyjones1952@at profile image60
      kathyjones1952@atposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Your comment about sticking a mirror in front of the window reminds me of something I read in Dear Abby one time.  This person was complaining about a nosey neighbor always looking in their house for one reason or another and Abby suggested this smile.

  8. mindyjgirl profile image81
    mindyjgirlposted 11 years ago

    Close the blinds. If it is a neighbor then get a telescope and look at him back?Borrow a pit bull and let him loose on accident... No really, call the police they actually can help,  my city police are really nice about escorting me to my car after work if i feel threatened.  and talk to some guy who was stalking me, at the time, I used to get lots of that because I was a model. It was flattering but I was very cautious. Once I had a body guard for a while in Paris, It was nice. you could hire a P.I. if you really wanted to find out and press charges.

  9. prektjr.dc profile image75
    prektjr.dcposted 11 years ago

    Call the police NOW.  You do not  have to wait until your peeper is there.  Report the incident, then when you call again, they are aware.  They will also be able to put extra patrols on duty.  Then, document dates and times for a record!  Have a camera handy (a flash will reflect in the window, so keep it off) take pictures!  A photo is worth a millon here!!  It is also easy to set up the motion lights to alert the entire neighborhood that your peeper is there.  It will make your photos clearer as well!  Your area law enforcement WILL take care of it!

  10. profile image0
    Garifaliaposted 11 years ago

    Report him to the police (especially if he's on my property) and draw the curtains or shut my windows when evening comes.

    1. kathyjones1952@at profile image60
      kathyjones1952@atposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I keep my curtains drawn all the time, anyway, and I have storm windows.  There's no way they could get my windows open!  I've tried to open them, myself and they are hard to open!!!!!

  11. DDE profile image42
    DDEposted 11 years ago

    I would report the problem right away I am pleased to say I didn't have that kind of problem but if I did I am sure the authority would take care of it.

  12. generalbrat profile image66
    generalbratposted 11 years ago

    Put a restraining order on him to make sure something is done right away!

  13. nightwork4 profile image60
    nightwork4posted 11 years ago

    a baseball bat would be my choice. i have a wife and 3 daughters, so if i catch you peeping in my windows, hope with all your worth that the police catch you before i do.

    1. sgbrown profile image93
      sgbrownposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I kind of omitted the part of my husband having a baseball bat while he was chasing the guy...When he realized he wasn't going to catch him, he threw it at him.  It hit a tree and busted all apart.  I think it scared him enough to turn himself in.

    2. kathyjones1952@at profile image60
      kathyjones1952@atposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      That's funny, sgbrown, LOL!!!!!  I'm glad it scared some sense in him smile!!!!

  14. profile image0
    Sarra Garrettposted 11 years ago

    I had a peeping tom one time and he never returned....this is why.  I set up a fishing line trap stringing the line between the bannisters of my steps as well as I put 10 penny nails through 2x4's and covered the boards with dirt placing them under my windows.  He got the board stuck in his feet due to the nails causing him to scream in pain in my yard and unable to move.  I called the cops and he was arrested.  He never came back.

    1. kathyjones1952@at profile image60
      kathyjones1952@atposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Good for you smile!!!!

  15. kathyjones1952@at profile image60
    kathyjones1952@atposted 11 years ago

    I'm not sure what I would do but I would probably call the police.  I also have a little dog I keep in the house and she lets me know when somebody is around.  I think all of these other answers are good, too.


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