FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Fort Collins Police are warning residents about a Peeping Tom who may have also broken into some women’s homes.
Police received a total of 12 reports — eight of a window peeper and four burglaries in a two-square mile area near the CSU campus. The perimeter runs from Mason Street west to Taft Hill Road and Prospect Road north to Mulberry.
Police first got reports of the window peeper in April. But then the reports dropped off in June and July, picking up again this month. Officers worry he’s escalating his behavior when he sees an opportunity through a window.
“This is your home, your private residence, no one should be allowed to do that,” says CSU student Emery Love, who lives in the area in which the alleged voyeur has committed his crimes.
Eight women tell police they heard or saw someone looking at them through their windows.
Four other women say someone broke in, but didn’t steal anything of value. Police won’t say what the man took.
“That was something that concerned us about these burglaries. There wasn’t an explanation for why these burglaries had occurred,” says Fort Collins policeman Matt Johnson.
Johnson worries this could be a sex offender whose behavior is escalating and could get worse.
“I hope that`s not happening to me,” says student Jarrett Fallgatter.
Students say the news opens their eyes to their own vulnerability.
“I guess now that this is an issue I’ll be more conscious to make sure my blinds are shut, make sure I change in my bathroom instead of the open,” says Fallgatter.
“I do actually have broken blinds in my room and I typically wouldn’t be a person to worry about that,” says student Michelle McNeil.
She says she’ll have to be more careful.
Police believe a single suspect could be committing all these crimes, and suspect there are a lot more victims who haven’t called police.
“Scares me. It’s just creepy, I wonder who wants to do something like that,” says Love.
Women say it’s an unsettling crime to have unwanted, prying eyes watching your most intimate moments.
“They want to feel safe, they want to feel like they have privacy. And want to feel like they are protected and to have a person that commits these types of crimes really takes that away,” says Johnson.
Police urge women in the area to keep their windows covered, to keep their doors locked and to keep an eye out for anyone acting suspicious.
Police would like you to call them if you think you may have been victimized.